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The war party wants to deprive Donbass of civil rights

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, initiated a discussion on the settlement in the Donbass. Avakov is known for close cooperation with Ukrainian Nazis and is one of the leaders of the so-called war party – the most aggressive and uncompromising wing of Kiev regime.

Avakov did not specify how to end the war, but he described in detail what to do with residents of uncontrolled territories if the war ends with the victory of Kiev regime and the spread of its power to the Donbass. In particular, he honestly promises them – absolutely everybody – a temporary defeat in civil rights. https://strana.ua/news/145145-avakov-raspisal-predlozhenija-o-zakone-pro-kollaborantov.html

This means that the current Ukrainian government sees a solution to “Donbass problem” not on the principles of compromise and reconciliation, but based solely on its ideological views.
The opposition edition “Strana” analyzed Avakov’s statements and the practical consequences of their possible implementation:

  1. Residents of the uncontrolled part of Donbass would not have civil rights by default. Even their passports, apparently, would be recognized as invalid or temporary – until finding out whether a person is collaborator or not. And it can touch even those who live in the territory left from under the control of Kiev for only a few months in 2014. The Kiev regime will be able to check for collaboration any holder of a passport with a Donetsk or Lugansk residence permit.

Having lost their civil rights, the inhabitants of Donbass can not participate in the elections. This would reduce the number of the “war party” opponents and provide it with more parliamentary mandates. In the future, it would be possible to exclude the inhabitants of Donbass from participating in the government of the country by arranging segregation on a regional basis. After all, “collaborators” and those who are checked can not work in government. And if they get there – then the unwanted persons can be “suddenly” recognized at any moment the accomplices of the occupiers.

  1. The Avakov’s historic parallels, which try to liken the people’s republics of Donbass to the Nazi occupation regime during World War II, are objectionable.

The fundamental difference from the Lugansk and Donetsk republics is that the Nazis implemented an occupation regime in conquered Europe which was recognized worldwide as criminal and was collectively condemned at the Nuremberg Tribunal. And the people’s republics of Donbass have been recognized as an occupation regime only in Kiev controlled part of Ukraine and only since 2018. In this regard, the question arises: how Avakov is going to “filter” those who since 2014 serve in the people’s republics? After all, the law can not have retroactive force. And how then, after 2014, will the “collaborators” appear in hindsight without the very fact of occupation?

This is without mentioning that Ukraine still maintains diplomatic relations with the “country-occupier” and a visa-free regime. There is an agreement on friendship and cooperation, which, of course, was impossible for any country that was at war with the Third Reich.

Finally, the accomplices of the Nazis did commit crimes against humanity on a mass scale: they destroyed people on racial and other grounds, carried out direct genocide, sent civilians to concentration camps and to overwork. All this is the crimes recorded by international courts, which were known even during the war.

There is nothing like this in the Donbass. There are war crimes, but they are committed by both sides of the conflict, and their scale can not even be closely compared to the crimes of Nazi Germany.

  1. Avakov calls not to admit Lynch’s ships in Ukraine after the “liberation” of Donbass, because during them “the innocent may suffer.” Apparently, if the guilty parties suffer from the court of the crowd (and not the law court of the state), this is within the legal framework and outlook of the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Judging by these words, the process of searching and neutralizing the collaborators would not go smoothly from the point of view of power excesses – and the minister almost directly speaks about it.

  1. It is easy to foresee that Avakov’s plan will cause a negative reaction in the Donbass. The “country” asks the question: why has the minister voiced this plan? According to the newspaper, Avakov’s proposals are working to increase support for separatists and to strengthen anti-Ukrainian sentiments among the population of Donbass. Many residents of Donbass are ready to return to Ukraine as full-fledged citizens, but only very, very few – as disenfranchised “collaborators”.

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