The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko told the the 8th Kiev Forum on Security Issues that Ukraine will not engage in dialogue with representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics (the “DPR” and the “LPR”, respectively). He stated, inter alia:
“We must ensure fair elections. And we will conduct dialogue with the Donbass, but with a different Donbass, a Ukrainian one.”
The same position, but in even harsher terms, was expressed at the Forum by the Prime-Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He is prepared to talk to the representatives of the Republics “only once they are behind bars.” “By the way, we have enough empty cells,” he added.
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