Poland does not recognise referenda in eastern Ukraine

Poland does not recognise referenda in eastern Ukraine

Poland does not recognise the results of so called referenda undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity conducted in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry reported. 

Ukrainian man leaves the voting booth behind the ballot boxes at a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine, 11 May 2014. About 3 million residents of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions vote on 11 May on whether they want to remain part of Ukraine. The pro-Russian organizers of the referendum are pushing ahead with the vote despite Russian President Vladimir Putin appealing to them to postpone it.  Photo: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

Ukrainian man leaves the voting booth behind the ballot boxes at a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine, 11 May 2014. About 3 million residents of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions vote on 11 May on whether they want to remain part of Ukraine. The pro-Russian organizers of the referendum are pushing ahead with the vote despite Russian President Vladimir Putin appealing to them to postpone it. Photo: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

The referenda were organised by illegal, armed, separatist groups against the international law as well as the Ukrainian Constitution and laws. The referenda will lead to a further deterioration of the tense situation in eastern Ukraine, the ministry’s spokesman wrote in a press release.

Poland supports steps designed to seek a peaceful solution of the conflict in Ukraine and efforts taken by international organisations, especially the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Marcin Wojciechowski wrote.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the conflict should be solved and national dialogue conducted in accordance with the Ukrainian law. „Poland supports efforts of the Kiev authorities to prepare and implement a decentralisation reform which in our opinion will help achieve national reconciliation and reduce tension”, the ministry wrote.

Residents in eastern Ukraine on Sunday cast their votes in so called independence referenda, defying the central government which called the ballots illegal and funded by neighboring Russia. The votes seek approval for declaring so-called sovereign people’s republics in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where pro-Russian insurgents have seized government buildings and clashed with police and Ukrainian troops over the past month.

Ukraine’s interim president warned that independence for eastern regions would destroy the country’s economy. (PAP)

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  1. Oleg
    Oleg 19 maja, 2014, 11:49

    Drodzy bracia i siostry,proszę pomóc wyznaczyć Rosję jako państwo, które wspiera terroryzm.

    Please help Designate Russia as „State Sponsor of Terrorism”

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/

    In its unannounced war against Ukraine, Russia relies on covert operations which fall squarely within the definition of „international terrorism” under 18 U.S.C. § 2331. Specifically, armed operatives of Russia, acting under disguise, attempt to influence the policy of Ukrainian government by intimidation or coercion. They also try to affect the conduct of a government by assassinations and kidnapping, taking by force government buildings, police posts and military bases of Ukraine. This activity is being conducted on large scale and over prolonged time period, despite condemnation by the USA, G-7, NATO, EU and UN.

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