Q&A session of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko with residents of Ukraine
Good afternoon, dear citizens of Ukraine. Thank you for sending me so many questions. This means that we still have something to discuss, and this also means that in the former Ukraine there are many people who are not just concerned about Donbass, but also agree with the ideals for which we fight. It seems to me that it is very important to speak to you right now, because it is clear that there will be big changes in Ukraine, and not a sure thing that it is for the better. I want you to know that Donbass remembers the nation of Ukraine, that we are not fighting against the Ukrainian people, not against you, but against the camarilla who, having spat on the law and the Constitution, seized the power in Kiev by way of the armed takeover and unleashed the civil War. We perfectly understand that we have to live around the corner in one way or another; after all, you cannot change the geography! And this means that we again need to learn to understand each other and to find a common language in order to live peacefully with each other. By cooperating, not by fighting. And now we are to get started on the questions that you sent in advance.
Addressant: Marina, Kharkov
Question: I would like to wish you health, prosperity to you and your region; take care of yourself, hold on, be strong... We love you, we worry... We pray for you so that everything will be fine. Peace to you and God's blessing, our dear people! Our cause is just. We will win for sure... Yours faithfully, Slobozhanshchina!
Answer: Thank you, Marina, for your attitude. You will be surprised, but we are also worried about you. And given the speed with which the former Ukraine is degrading, I don't even know who worries for whom more. Yes, we are being shelled, terrorist attacks are being carried out against us, but our people have hope, and it is justified. We are building a sensible fair society of free people, and our economy, despite all the difficulties brought from outside (the blockade of Kiev + sanctions), is growing and developing, unlike the Ukrainian one. So thank you again, and hold on! The victory will be ours!
Addressant: Natasha, Schastie town, the Lugansk region (Ukraine as yet)
Question: Our town (Schastie) is located 20 kilometers from Lugansk, tell me, how soon will you take us home? We are sick and tired of waiting and living in this fascist and Banderist brothel.
Answer: Natasha, your question was one of the first which came, so I decided to answer it, despite the fact that your town is in the temporarily occupied territory of the Lugansk People's Republic. However, I know that for our brothers - Lugansk citizens, the restoration of the territorial integrity of their Republic is of the same priority as for us. I cannot tell you th date, but I'm sure that the situation will change this year, in 2017.
Addressant: Sergey, Dnepropetrovsk
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich, we all remember the January escalation on the front line. We were very much afraid that this escalation would grow into a full-scale war, as in 2014 and 2015 in Debaltsevo. Tell me, what is the situation at the front now? What the regular statements about armistice result in?
Answer: Sergey, the thing that you call the “January escalation” was in fact the beginning of a full-scale military campaign from the side of Kiev. Poroshenko and Co. tried to restart their relations with the European Union and the United States. And for this purpose, they actually unleashed the war again. To be honest, they got a serious punch from us, suffered heavy losses, and the offensive of the AFU was smothered. However, this so-called escalation has not stop. The war goes on every day. Every day people die, including civilians. Kiev has not abandon its goal to force Donetsk and Lugansk back into the “united Ukraine” by destroying the part of the Donbass population that not just wants to be free, but is also ready to fight for freedom with weapons in arms. The truce? You know, we have stopped paying attention to these promises of Kiev, because Kiev has NEVER fulfilled its promise. You see, NEVER! The last truce declared by Kiev was violated from its side less than an hour after the start.
Addressant: Nikolay, Kiev
Question: Dear comrade Zakharchenko, it is also obvious to us that the Kiev regime is living on borrowed time. It seems that we have held out until this finale. However, we are waiting for not only good, but also bad. Everyone here understands that before leaving, the local regime will start a war of all against all. Сrabs in a barrel will arrange the last battle for the throne. As a result, Ukraine will plunge in chaos. And chaos, most likely, will be bloody. On this side, there is not a single force that can resist chaos and restore order. It's only you we hope for. We understand that you have enough problems. But without your army and without your police, terror will begin here. I suggest everybody on both sides of the contact line to unite under the slogan: "Zakharchenko will come - Bandera will go away". Or, as an option: "Zakharchenko will come - the order will be established." We are waiting.
Answer: Dear Nikolay, in principle, I agree with your pessimistic analysis regarding the former Ukraine. I also see the coming struggle of all against all and chaos. This struggle may become a murderous one if you let the cards fall where they may and just keep waiting on the sidelines. I do not have any gloating over this, if someone thinks so. On the contrary, I am concerned. This is, you know, like drunken neighbours’ debauch, in which we are in danger ourselves just because we are nearby. The same with Ukraine. Therefore, we have incentives that the transition period in Ukraine would be as short as possible and the order that guarantees freedom would be introduced as soon as possible.
The problem is that I do not see the force that will commit itself to restore the order and lead the country to free and transparent elections. Political forces will be engaged in the struggle for power, the army and special services will either join this struggle or step aside. Rather the second option is possible because of the recent memory about the Maidan, during which they threw the Berkut in but then accused. What can we hope for, except the self-organization of citizens? For an external force? May be. Can we help? Theoretically, we can. However, under one condition — if they call us. Either those authorities that will remain or citizens who will form themselves into civil unions. You must clearly understand that we will not take the initiative in this matter, because we already know the result — they will accuse us afterwards, declare us invaders or aggressors. So my answer is as follows: I agree with the analysis of the situation; theoretically, we can help citizens of Ukraine in restoring order; perhaps, we will do it, only if they call us. As we have learnt to introduce order.
Addressant: Vlad, Kiev
Question: When will we liberate Kiev?
Answer: When you will ask about it. You’ll say it yourself. I repeat once again that we will not undertake a liberation campaign on Kiev. We will not do it at our own initiative. Only if we are called by Kiev residents and other citizens of Ukraine. Although, the fact that your question implies “we” rather than “you” is the progress. A year ago, during the Q&A sessions, I was asked a hundred times “when will you liberate…”
Addressant: Vyacheslav Fomin, Bavaria
Question: Dear DPR Head comrade Zakharchenko! I will be brief. First: I express my full support to you personally, to the holy cause of the liberation of Novorossiya and to all the courageous people of Donbass! The second - the question itself: why don't our = Donetsk specials services secretly eliminate the Bandera morons they in their rear? I don't call for destroying infrastructure in Ukraine, since we will need it later anyway. But we don't hear about the "unfortunate" cases with the commanders of their artillery batteriers. When will there be an answer for Motorola and Givi? I worry about Novorossiya very much, when you will free the whole of Ukraine and join Russia?
Answer: Good afternoon, Vyacheslav! I will be brief in saying as well. Firstly, thanks for the support. We are confident of our victory, but we need support. Every voice in our support is very important. Secondly, the answer may seem strange to you, taking the hard mores of our time into account, but we wanted to do everything peacefully from the very beginning. However, when Kiev unleashed a war against us, we wanted to wage it honestly. In order that we are not ashamed before our children and grandchildren. Being mean and treacherous, committing war crimes, killing, torturing and raping civilians — all these we have left for Kiev, its AFU and its punitive battalions. However, they took the initiative themselves. Within this approach, we have refused to commit terrorist acts and political assassinations in the territory of the adversary and still adhere to this approach. Thirdly, this approach does not apply to the battery commanders who gave the order to shoot at civilians. Retribution for the murder of our brothers and sisters, our children and parents will overtake them eventually. It is already overtaking. For the shelling of the trolleybus stop on Bosse, for the shelling of the queue in Yelenovka, where a pregnant woman was killed among others, and other crimes that we consider acts of terrorism… I think our rivals got tired of counting the “payback” for Givi and Motorola, and the debt has not been repaid entirely yet… So we try to be honest, but not white and fuzzy.
Addressant: Marina, New York
Question: Good afternoon. I have two questions. The first one: as you know, Russia is very unlucky with its neighbors, they are constantly attacking themselves. One day Moldova attacks Moldova, then Georgia attacks Georgia, now Ukraine attacks Ukraine... Both Moldova and Georgia don't care about those pieces that have fallen off and are moving forward in their development for a long time, but the economic situation in Transnistria and South Ossetia is far from that. Doesn't this fact confuse you as the Head of the republic? The examples speak for themselves - people there survive on handouts from Russia, they practically don't have any production, they are not recognized by other countries ... Do you think you have other prospects? The second question is, do you think that if Russia hadn't broken its teeth in a war with Ukraine, if the world community hadn't reacted, then who would have attacked itself - Belarus'd attacked itself, or Kazakhstan'd? Thank you very much for your answer.
Answer: That's a good question, Marina. The only thing is that your wording is wrong. It’s not about neighbours constantly attacking themselves. Civil wars that happened in Moldova, Georgia and now in Ukraine have one reason. After the collapse of the USSR, the national elites in these countries very quickly turned into nationalistic ones and started building a mono-national state in multinational countries. Relatively speaking, in Moldova, the authorities began to build “Moldova for Moldovans”, in Georgia – “Georgia for Georgians”, and in Ukraine – “Ukraine for Ukrainians”. And in all the cases, the nationalists faced resistance. In Moldova and Ukraine, they run against the resistance of Russians, in Georgia – against the resistance of Abkhazians and Ossetians. The greed of the new elites caused these conflicts. The desire to concentrate in their hands all financial flows, for which it was necessary to unify the country. But they could go the other way: to recognize their countries as multinational, start an honest dialogue with indigenous national and language communities. To share power and introduce genuine self-government. In the end, move away from the principle of unitarism and conduct federalization, with respect for the national and cultural characteristics of the regions. To try to build a civil nation, but not to ensure the domination of one ethnic group. And everything could have been different. Instead of war, there could have been a dialogue and cooperation. So, the greed and stupidity of the national elites, and not the evil will of Russia. Which, by the way, has recognized itself as a multiethnic and multi-confessional country (although it is correct to say multi-religious). As for the "teeth" that Russia "wrecked" in the war with Ukraine, then you have an attack of sleepwalking. Russia is not warring against Ukraine. For understanding: in our conflict, there are the two sides: Donbass and the Kiev regime. If Russia had decided to wage a war against Ukraine, then the war would have ended before it could start. Turchinov, Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk, Parubiy and the whole clique would have been in the dock, or even in a jail. And we all would have been engaged in the recovery of the Ukrainian economy, which the oligarchs and the politicians, who serve them, have brought to an awful condition. As for the other countries you named, in Kazakhstan, as far as I heard, there are some problems, but in Belarus there are none at all. Belarusians and Russians live in Belarus as one people, and the government does not act on the principle of "divide and conquer".
Addressant: Eugene, Mariupol
Question: Why do not you call patriots of the USSR in the Ukrainian territory to fight against the junta? And why do not you provide them with financial assistance for this?
Answer: Why do not I call? I said during the previous straight lines that a resistance movement should be created in Ukraine. And it is being created. Slower than it could be, but it is still being created. As for financial assistance, excuse me, this is confidential information.
Addressant: Sergey Vasilyevich, Dnepropetrovsk
Question: Good afternoon, Dear Alexander Vladimirovich! Your ardent supporter and like-minded <...>, Dnepropetrovsk, appeals to you. I have a question for you: tell me, please, when will you liberate Dnepropetrovsk from the Ukrainian fascism and are you going to liberate it in general? Will Dnepropetrovsk join our common Novorossiya? Respectfully yours…
Answer: Dear Sergey Vasilyevich! Dnepropetrovsk as well as other cities of Novorossiya (and Ukraine as a whole) will liberate themselves or will be free after the fall of the junta in Kiev. And Dnepropetrovsk will join Novorossiya for sure, as our regions are connected historically, mentally and economically. The joint existence of our regions is predetermined by the history itself.
Addressant: Alexander, Zaporozhye
Question: Don't you think that it is necessary to work out an extremely concise and generally understandable list of conditions under which it is still possible to preserve the signs of statehood and public consent on the territory of the former USSR? It will take a lot of work to discuss the content and quantity of such conditions, but it's worth it. As a personal initiative, which has been carefully thought out, I would like to propose four paragraphs for discussion: 1. Recognition of the Russian language as a state language. 2. Confederal system of the state. 3. Authorization of dual citizenship. 4. Return to the Moscow Time Zone. I consider these conditions key for solving all our problems - from the most global to the smallest domestic ones. I will never vote for a candidate who does not support at least one of these paragraphs.
Answer: I completely agree with you, Alexander, that after the war a broad discussion is really needed that should end up with the reestablishment of the state and even with a new arrangement of the space that was formerly occupied by the Ukrainian SSR. I agree with your paragraphs as well. But with some clarifications. Regarding the language – yes, Russian should become a state language along with Ukrainian, but the status of regional languages, Hungarian for example, is also needed for those regions where other national groups reside densely. As for the confederation, yes; again, this is the last opportunity to preserve some unity. Or a combined system. As for dual citizenship, I also agree with you. But as for the Moscow Time Zone, I am a supporter of simple and easy solutions. If the Moscow Time Zone is natural for Donbass, then for the western regions of Ukraine – it is not. So it would be better to follow the path of two time zones. There is nothing wrong with that. Russia or the United States live in several time zones and cope with it.
Addressant: Olga, Chernigov
Question: Dear Alexander Vladimirovich! We're sick and tired of watching this comedy entitled "The Minsk Process." After all, for the whole world it is already obvious that Kiev was not going and is not going to fulfill its obligations assumed in Minsk. And it binds your hands! Why are you playing this stupid game? Refuse already from "Minsk" and begin liberation of Ukraine from the brown plague!
Answer: Olga, if you knew how many times I've been told these words and - most importantly - how many times I've told them myself. But you need to restrain emotions and switch on the mind. To date, Minsk is the only place where we can have a direct dialogue with Kiev. If the external and internal Ukrainian circumstances change, then exactly in Minsk we will be able to resolve our contradictions peacefully, without bloodshed. I remember this all the time. And as long as there is even the slightest chance of getting out of the conflict peacefully, I will be supporting the Minsk process. On the other hand, if Kiev violates the Minsk agreements drastically and, for example, again unleashes a full-scale war, then after another trap we will drive the Kiev forces back to the Minsk, but according to other conditions that are more favourable for us.
Addressant: Alexander Yuryevich, Nikolaev
Question: An incorrect figure of 2 million people in the army, there are much more even today. At work, the day begins with political information. Everyone is closely following the events. I really want to tell you a lot. And now the question: when will there be the holiday of the "family" Odessa-Mama, Rostov-Papa?
Answer: Thank you for your support, Alexander Yuryevich. Of course, with all regions of Novorossiya the army will not be 2 million, but much more. I know how many people support us in Nikolaev, Kherson, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov and Odessa. A holiday of the "family"? Our residents in overwhelming majority see their future together with Russia. I think you have the same picture in Nikolaev. So the path is predetermined. It is only necessary to work this way.
Addressant: Dmitry, Ukraine
Question: Let’s say that sooner or later peace will establish. In a blink, everyone will lay down the arms and will be able to cross the border on both sides easily. What are the first steps you will take? And who will "sponsor" restoration of the entire regions?
Ответ: If we leave aside the question of how this peace will establish, I can say that the first steps I would take would be in the law enforcement and judicial systems. After three years of lawlessness, the country must return to the limits of law and order. The next step would be the deoligarchization. That is, all oligarchs should turn into businessmen, entrepreneurs, who could be as rich as they would like, but who would pay taxes regularly. You just need to get them out of politics. Of course, I would start the preparation for free elections. But, perhaps, not to the Verkhovnaya Rada, but to the National Assembly, which would be designed to adopt a new Constitution and reestablish the state. Unfortunately, some of the first steps would be done not by my own choice. This is a conversation with international financial institutions about the loan restructuring and the beginning of getting out of the dependence on them. After that, it would be possible to adjust social policy without supervision by the IMF and similar structures. In the same line, attempts should be made to form an international programme to help rebuild the regions affected by the war. And, of course, it will be necessary to make effort to punish war criminals and conduct de-banderism of Ukraine.
Addressant: Natalia Vasilievna, Russia, the Crimea, Simferopol
Question: Dear Alexander Vladimirovich! You say that the end of the illegal Kiev regime is close. I am sure that the whole Crimea is waiting for this event with impatience, because we have relatives in Ukraine who have love both the former Ukraine, kind, friendly to Russia, and do not have the financial opportunity to leave. And we have a very important question – how do you see the solution of the issue with the rabid radicals, Nazis who hate residents of Donbass, Russia and all Russians? How to cleanse Ukraine from them?
Answer: Natalia Vasilievna, the question you asked is extremely important, so I will answer it, despite the fact that you are not from Ukraine. This is really a big problem. According to various estimates, in Ukraine there are now from 30 to 50 thousand of those people, who you correctly call rabid radicals, neo-Nazis and Banderites. If it does not happen that these characters, albeit for short while, seize power in Ukraine, then, after the fall of the Kiev regime, they will have only two ways: either on a trial and to a jail for a long time or to flee. To Europe, for example. There they clearly do not have enough of the radical Ukrainian nationalists who have acquired combat experience, who sensed blood. In the final end, may Europe pay for supporting the coup d’état and helping to destroy the country that used to be called Ukraine. However, a flight to Europe will not help to those rabid radicals who committed crimes against humanity, in particular in Donbass. Retribution for crimes of this kind will be unavoidable, and they will not have a limitation period.
Addressant: Nikolay, Uzhgorod
Question: Dear Alexander Vladimirovich! With undisguised interest, we all were watching the pyrotechnic show in Balakleya, where an ammunition depot detonated Did you do it? This is right. The more ammunition the AFU will explode in warehouses, the less will fall on your cities. Question: are you going to continue this humanitarian action? In which regions of Ukraine we have to wait for fireworks?
Answer: I agree with your estimation. Those shells amounting to 1 billion that exploded in Balakleya will never fall on our cities. However, I must disappoint you – it is not us. We are not engaged in subversive acts in the rear of the rival. Also because peaceful residents live around this kind of objects, perhaps our friends and even relatives. We prefer to fight the Banderites face to face, in a fair fight. And, mind you, exactly in a fair fight we regularly used to drive Ukrainian servicemen into traps. Therefore, this is not the worst tactics. And the conscience is at peace. We know that only those people who came to us with weapons to deprive us of our land died or were wounded at our hand.
Addressant: Alexander Petrovich, Rovno
Question: If you win, will you introduce a ban on everything Ukrainian? I heard that in Donetsk a penalty was imposed for the public use of the Ukrainian language and everything Ukrainian is banned. Do you think that Ukrainians do not exist as a nation? What can we talk to you about then?!
Answer: Alexander Petrovich, I can only advise you, as Professor Preobrazhensky: "Do not read Ukrainian newspapers in the morning!", otherwise you'll read lots of other absurd things. We do not take any reprisals against the Ukrainian language or Ukrainian culture.We never thought about it! The rights of the Ukrainian language are guaranteed by our Constitution. And its preservation and development is provided for by all available means: from the department of the Ukrainian language and literature at the university to Ukrainian folk creative groups. We have not even changed the signs on streets. I consider Russians and Ukrainians to be one big nation, Belarusians as well. With their own customs, language and culture, but with common roots and one destiny.
Addressant: Ivan Kirilovich, Kiev
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich, what is your personal attitude towards Poroshenko? How would you access him?
Answer: I have really bad attitude towards him. I dislike him as a president, as well as a person. Long story short, I would say that the person is not where he belongs. At such a moment, crucial for the country, it shouldn't be a businessman to rule the state, but a strong-will man with no selfish motives to follow. And maybe even that is not the most important thing. At such times, only the person capable of self-sacrifice should run the country. And now imagine Poroshenko — is he such kind of a person? That's what I'm talking about.
Addressant: Arthur, Kherson
Question: You used to say that Novorossiya should embrace the territory from Donbass to Odessa, now you say it should last till the Donetsk region's borders. Have you changed your plans?
Answer: No, I have the same opinion now. This huge region is united historically, economically, mentally and culturally. And its unity on the reasonable basis is our generation's historical aim.
Addressant: Andrey, Mariupol
Question: Good afternoon, Alexander Vladimirovich! My question is simple, and I have had it on my mind for two years already. Will the DPR unite with the Donetsk region, and if yes, could you then specify when? Mariupol is the part of Donbass too! Thank you for answering! May you be healthy and patient.
Answer: Mariupol is certainly a part of Donbass. Just as Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and others former Donetsk region's cities are. And our cities are to be united. But it will be not a unification, but reunion. The DPR territory is determined by the referendum, which took place on 11th of May, 2014. And the referendum, was held in all the former Donetsk region's territory. Thus, the reunion is a matter of time. I cannot specify the time, but I am sure that this year, 2017, is a decisive one.
Addressant: Yulia, Russia, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Question: I am writing you from Kamchatka. My grandparents are buried in Nikolaev, the city of my childhood, and I would like to visit their graves. I also have close friends and relatives there. Could you please tell good people of Nikolaev city that Russia is with them with all their thoughts, and with you, of course. May you be healthy and have a strong spirit.
Answer: Julia, I am sure that there are billions of such people like you in Russia and other countries. When Ukraine will get rid of that radical-nationalistic and bandera delusion, all the good people will be able to come to their friends and relatives and commemorate the graves of dear people. And for now, on your behalf, I am ready to tell all the good people in Nikolaev that you and the entire Russia are with them, worrying and waiting for the city to be liberated. We are also waiting and working on it.
Addressant: Oksana, Velykaya Novosyolovka
Question: Good afternoon, Alexander Vladimirovich. First of all, I would like to say that we support you and we are waiting for you very much! The question is: could you please tell us the termination date of the unfortunate Minsk agreements? We understand that Donetsk suffers under the shellings, but believe us, this total Ukrainization distresses us greatly, we are really tired of uncertainty and despair. You are entering the happy future, building the Republic, and we are suppressed by that pseudo-country, having no freedom of speech. We cannot come to Donetsk since our family is quite big with many children and our home is here, but we support the Republic with all our hearts! Thank you for your attention, we wish you patience and strength!
Answer: Thank you, Oksana, for your patience and strength! You could have noticed that during the Minsk process the parties ceased to establish some concrete terms of the agreements’ fulfillment. It shows that the Minsk process is quite slow. The reason for it is sabotage undertaken by the Ukrainian side. But we won't give up! Supported by Russia, we will continue pushing Kiev in Minsk. We are sure that at the end we will achieve some conditions, acceptable for us. I am sure that foreign political conditions and the inner Ukrainian problems will accumulate the acceptation of those terms. The balance is going to tip our side when the outer context changes.
Question: Good afternoon! I live in the area 43 km away from Donetsk. I took part in the referendum. 90% of votes were for the DPR. I used to be healthy and now what? I survived a blood-stroke and nobody needs me. There are only persecutions here and nothing more, how can I live like that? I have nowhere to go, and, actually, to go somewhere is beyond my means. Thus, we are living in constant fear.
Answer: Tatiana, I do understand how many difficulties you have overcome. Believe me, the DPR citizens who live in the territories under our control survived many difficulties too. Shellings, the blockade, losing the loved ones, psychological pressure, breaking links with the relatives, who live in Ukraine… Our faith in victory supports us, we believe that we will able to preserve our freedom and independence. You should believe too. I hope it won’t take long. And I will repeat that for us, victory is the reunion of the entire Donetsk People’s Republic, including the areas temporary controlled by Ukraine. And our residents also think so, as sociological surveys show. We will never reject you!
Addressant: Donbass resident, Konstantinovka
Question: Tell me, Alexander, but what do these web conferences give you? They can be held every week, but what's the point? As people say, we talked and went our separate ways. You cannot regain some order or win the war by the holding conferences.
Answer: These web conferences allow, first and foremost, getting questions from you and learning what interests you. Secondly, they allow me in a dialogue mode to tell you the truth about how Donbass lives. Yes, we talked and that’s all, but words and meanings remained. Of course, such web conferences do not bring order and do not win the war. Nevertheless, I assure you that we are introducing the order, and we are waging the war in due course. And these web conferences do not interfere with the first or the second thing.
Addressant: Larisa, Nikolaev
Question: Dear Alexander Vladimirovich, do you need teachers in the Donetsk republic (information technology, education is circuit designer)? Thank you!
Answer: Of course, Larisa, we are interested in teachers, including in the field of information technology. Education is one of our priorities. Every year more and more students study at universities. Including from Ukraine. And we're lacking teachers. Alas, the war in the acute phase in 2014 led to the fact that many teachers left, mainly to Russia, but also to Ukraine. And not all have returned yet. So I will instruct our Ministry of Education to contact you - you have, fortunately, left the address.
Addressant: Alexey, Odessa
Question: 1. Is it true that the republics of the DPR and the LPR cannot fight against the oligarchs and do not plan to do this because there are more significant problems? 2. Fighting the oligarchy and a more equitable SOCIAL distribution of state revenues is not a question that will provide strength to the republics?
Answer: 1. No, it’s not true. 1. The fight against the oligarchy is one of the key tasks of the Republic since the moment of its proclamation. Moreover, we have almost fulfilled this task. Those oligarchs who were on our territory have been put on the list of persona non grata in the Republic by my decree. None of them participates in our political or economic decision-making. By virtue of this, even if the oligarchs were here, they would simply turn into businessmen, since the oligarchy, if you are aware, is a combination of business and state. So, we have separated the business and the state. In addition, now all the enterprises that work in our territory pay taxes to the state per standard procedure. Regardless of how rich their owner is. All are equal before the state. 2. The fight against the oligarchy and a just, social state is exactly the issue that would ensure the power of the DPR. You are right in this point.
Question: Hello Dear Alexander Vladimirovich! I have been engaged in humanitarian aid in the DPR since the autumn of 2014 until recently! Our family from time to time used to send food and clothes to Donetsk and Makeyevka, we bought everything on our own, we haven't asked for anyone for anything. Now we need a little help. I need a consultation and a good neuropathologist (we do not have good doctors). I am disabled. One of my children needs a consultation of a pediatric cardiologist and an examination (we haven't got any children's cardiologists, we need to look for them in Ukraine), the other child has troubles with blood pressure, and a good doctor's consultation is also needed. We can come to Donetsk. We will somehow buy medicines on our own, we understand that the Republic is now in a hard position. To us, the main thing to have a medical checkup, there are good doctors in Donets, and, if it is possible, to find someone inexpensive ones! We will be very grateful if you help us with this, and weI would like to meet with you personally for at least half an hour! We really love Donetsk and hope that you will soon free us. With deep respect to you, our whole family!
Answer: Just for such cases as yours, we have launched the Humanitarian Programme for the Reunification of the Donbass people, one of the main directions of which is healthcare. Both you and your children will for sure receive medical care. We have your contact data. You will be contacted and told what you need to do to get qualified medical aid. On this occasion, Let me remind that within the framework of this programme one-time payments timed to the Victory Day are to be paid for all veterans of the Great Patriotic War who reside in the territory temporarily controlled by Ukraine. 12 veterans have already received money, at that, four of them visited us personally! Within the framework of the education programme, 18 universities of the Republic and about 100 vocational colleges have been involved. State-funded places have been reserved. In the health sector, there are already 4 specialized commissions on oncology, cardio surgery, obstetrics and endoprosthetics. At medical institutions of the Republic, 3,553 beds have been reserved. The hotline has already received about 3,000 calls. As the number of appeals from our fellow countrymen on the other side of the front line grows, we will make adjustments to the programme.
Addressant: Victor, Odessa
Question: Here is a wish (or a suggestion): When (and if) referenda (voting) on the territorial structure of the future formation are held, residence period in the given territory (the so-called residency requirement)should be taken into account – not less than 5 years, especially in the currently Ukraine-controlled territories.
Answer: I absolutely agree with you, Viktor. Various options are possible regarding the terms, but the fact is that residence qualification should be introduced. I understand perfectly well that in the territories, temporarily controlled by Ukraine, people will be left with the tasks of harming the Republic in every possible way. We will have been living in the state of war for three years, with all the consequences, such as subverters, spies, saboteurs, etc. So be sure that we are on the alert!
Addressant: Vitaly, Krivoy Rog
Question: Good day, Alexander Vladimirovich! Help us to take Krivoy Rog for us to become the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic. We will restore historical justice. Become our president, a lot of people support you here. If justice restoration is failed, may we move to Donetsk then?
Answer: Justice will be restored, Vitaly! And you are right: there is both political and economic sense in what was called the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic nearly a hundred years ago. I am sure that a similar project will give ground for serious discussions at a high level, and it’s going to be soon. As for the presidency, it will become clear in the process. First you have to win.
Addressant: Pyotr, Lvov
Question: Good afternoon, Mr. Zakharchenko! I am ready to agree with you that the Maidan project of Ukraine is failing. And this is due, above all, to the viciousness and greed of our elite. Which, by the way, remained the same, only in words 'changed its shoes'. And I have a question: can we somehow find a common language? Can we withdraw from the blood that the current Kiev power has shed between us? How do you imagine this, if you think about it at all? You know that we, in the west of Ukraine, have our own view of history, our pride, our own mentality, unlike the mentality of Donbass. It is interesting to know your thoughts on this matter. Thank you.
Answer:Good day, Pyotr! I have always said that in the former Ukraine there were two cities that spoke of themselves with equal pride. Those were Lvov and Donetsk. Very different, but with a strong identity. I can’t but disagree with you about the viciousness and greed of your elite. This is indeed one of the main reasons why Ukraine, which emerged from the USSR with such a powerful potential, turned out to be a failed state, and now it is completely collapsing. So, you need to change the elite! And without this vicious and greedy elite, I think we will be able to arrange a dialogue. It will be hard. Blood is thicker than water, it cannot be forgotten so simply. But after all, one way or another, we will live side by side, so we need to talk and develop some rules of the living together. We are ready for this, what about you? Can you get your vicious and greedy elite out of the dialogue? After all, they will not allow us to agree. So let us work and think.
Addressant: Vladimir, Ukraine
Question: Good afternoon, Alexander Vladimirovich! Will Ukraine be united after the departure of the current, Nazi and pro-fascist Ukrainian government?
Answer: It depends on what meaning you put into the word “united”. If you are talking about unitary Ukraine, then one hundred percent no. This boat has sailed. But in other formats there is still a chance, albeit small. This can be a federated, confederal or combined system, whereby national, cultural, historical and economic identity of all parts, that is, regions, is observed. This is a complex process that requires considerable time, and especially against the background of the degrading economy, but there is no other way.
Addressant: Sergey, Kiev
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich, recently Avakov said that he had reliable data of sociology from your territory and, according to this data, almost 70% of the people of the DPR want to return to Ukraine. But they are afraid. Of course, it's hard to believe in it, but still I would like to hear from you, is it so? What do the residents of the Donetsk People's Republic think?
Answer: Avakov’s lying. I can tell you the sociology data we make for us, not for publication. Our people's preferences have been changing. For example, the independent state of the DPR in 2015 was supported by 9% of the people, and in December 2016 - 26%. For accession to Russia in December 2015 - 64%, and in December 2016 - 56%. During this period, the option "Autonomous Republic within the federal Ukraine (special status)" fell from 9% to 3.4%, and the variant "As before (as part of unitary Ukraine)" ranged from 2.3% to 9%. So it's up to you to judge. Besides, Avakov couldn’t take poll on our side, we’d find out about it immediately. Thus, my conclusion is that he’s lying.
Addressant: Anton, Odessa
Question Good afternoon, Alexander Vladimirovich! Here in Ukraine it was once again reported on your intensions to flee from Donetsk, including that you have already bought a house in Abkhazia. Is it so?
Answer: I heard such things too. The fake factory named after Poroshenko still works. But in this case a catchpenny job has been done again. As they say, do your homework. In accordance with the local law, land is not an object of sale in Abkhazia, and only Republic’s residents can acquire real estate. Thus, even if wanted, I wouldn’t be able to buy a house there. However, I never had such a wish. Do the enemies hope that I will escape from Donetsk? They hope in vain. It is more like they will flee Ukraine.
Addressant: Gennady Alexeyevich
Question: I am addressing you with a suggestion that will help to overcome the fascist regime in Ukraine. I suggest to lay tunnels in the rear of the so-called ‘ATO’ and destroy ammunition warehouses and equipment by forces of subversive groups, equipped with radio bombs and armed with the most effective weapons. They should return via the same tunnels. It will not be difficult to lay such tunnels in the coal-mining region– only the geology of directions, such as Pesky and all the combat directions should be known. The events in Syria have shown the effectiveness and benefits of tunnels. I am ready to take part in the development of this project!
Answer: Gennady Alexeyevich, why do you think that we are not doing this already? You know, during this war, our soldiers and commanders have shown so many creative abilities regarding weapons and warfare methods, enough to compose a textbook. They keep amazing me! Anyway, thanks for the idea.
Addressant: Nikolay, Dnepropetrovsk
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich! You have said many times that you had left Ukraine once and for all. You even said that you had never been Ukraine. Does it mean that you do not care what is going on here with us? Are you going to fence yourselves off from us?
Answer: No, Nikolay, I do care about what's going on there. And how is this possible, when I and lots of people from here have relatives, friends and loves ones there? We are very worried about you, despite the fact that we have a war, and you basically have a peaceful sky above your head. We do understand that you live in the conditions of daily terror and this is very difficult. We are not going to wall off from you anyhow. Moreover, I believe that we should not give Ukraine into the hands of neo-Nazis and Banderites anymore. We perfectly understand that our war will be over only when the political regime in Ukraine changes, when the nation of Ukraine washes the Bandera dirt away from it. And we are ready to participate in this. For the thousandth time I can remind you that we are not warring against Ukraine’s nation. We are warring against the Bandera criminal regime of Kiev.
Addressant: Lyudmila, Rovno
Question: Mr. Zakharchenko, do you like governing a whole state, albeit an unrecognized one?
Answer: You know, Lyudmila, the last word that comes to my mind regarding my current position is the verb "to like." There are other categories here. I did not strive for power. My comrades have chosen me, and then our people in elections. And since then I have been like a galley slave. So, it is not about "liking." I can only say that I regularly experience other positive feelings: satisfaction, if something works out well; pride for my fellow countrymen, when I see what they manage to do in such intolerable conditions. First I wanted to say "joy", but no. Joy will only come with our victory!
Addressant: Natalia Ivanovna, Zaporozhye
Question: Dear Alexander Vladimirovich! We closely follow your struggle and wholeheartedly support you. We often talk about you. And that's the question that has arisen in our circle of friends. How do you cope with everything? What is your daily routine? Do you rest, and if you do, how? Sorry for such personal questions, but we're really worried about you. We hope that you will become our president in the near future, so we worry for a good reason...
Answer: Thank you for being concerned, Natalia Ivanovna. I would say that it is not the day’s routine, but the day-and-night one, as my working day regularly ends deep into the night. And in the morning, again into breach! As for the schedule, every day is special. In the morning, usually at about 7 am, I have a warm-up. Then usually, starting at 8 o'clock, I receive the military and ministers’ reports. After this, it is either a meeting or a trip. Our economic situation is such that requires manual control. I try to visit the frontline several times a week to talk with soldiers, to help them as much as I can. In general, in a war it is important to know what soldiers think of in trenches. Otherwise, you can find yourself a "general without an army." In the daytime I have to take part in some public events. In general, I do not really like them, except for those where I can communicate with people. In the evening, ministers, mayors, directors of factories come to me again, and we solve the current tasks until the night. Or until the morning. I have read it myself and see that it really looks like routine. But I assure you that every task that we solve is so non-trivial that the routine has nothing to do with it. It is a pure creativity. So it's hard, of course, but not boring. As for rest, I try to find time and escape with my family to the nature. This is the best rest.
Addressant: Nikolay, Ukraine
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich, what was your reaction when you found out that there will be a gay parade in Kiev? What's your view on how to deal with this? Thanks! Nobody has ever kneed Donbass and no one ever will!
Answer: I will not lie - malevolence. They got what they wanted. Or did you not know that the Europe you wanted is served in a pack? With all these marvelous things? Although gloating is only the first reaction. Then sadness. After all, this is the destruction of the moral basis on which our people have been holding and are still holding for centuries. It's the way to the abyss. Our people took place in history as a Christian people. Or have we forgotten about Sodom and Gomorrah? And how to fight? It's simple. From the state side there should be legislative restrictions on the homosexuality’s propaganda. But the main thing is not bans. The main thing is the upbringing of the younger generation. Family, school. These institutions should instill traditional moral values in the child.
Addressant: Alla, Kiev
Question: Is it possible to organize an Internet bridge (like a call-in show ) between residents of Kiev and Donetsk? It seems that residents and guests of the Ukraine's capital would hear a lot of unexpected things...
Answer: Theoretically it is possible. I even think that it would be interesting for both sides. For my part, I am ready to assist. The main thing is to choose an adequate operator of such communication from the Kiev side. If there will be only pro-Ukrainian fools on Kiev's part, then dialogue will not work. And I'm sure that the inhabitants of Kiev would hear a lot of interesting and unexpected.
Addressant: Kirill, Kharkov
Question: Dear Alexander Vladimirovich! Recently, you held a so-called mobilization assembly at the training ground near Saur-Mogila. It was a very impressive sight (I watched on Youtube)! However, I still do not understand what are the real goals of this demonstration? What did you want to achieve and to whom to say something about this collection? Sincerely, Kirill, Kharkov.
Answer: Kirill, within the scope of holding the mobilization assemblies, we have set several tasks. One of them is purely practical one. We had to understand whether we could quickly gather most of our reservists together in a certain place — at the training ground there were 27 thousand people. This is a difficult task. Announcing, logistics, transport. And we had to do it in a way that it wouldn’t not paralyze the life of the Republic. As it turned out, we can do it. Everything took about 6 or 7 hours. In fact, in a short time we gathered a reserve army. In addition, we had to keep track of the reservists, especially those who have already acquired combat experience in 2014-2015 years, but now left the army and found a job. And we have accomplished this task. Including the task of handing weapons over to those who have military training. And, of course, we wanted to show that in the case of a new aggression on the part of Kiev, not only the army, but the entire nation will be fighting in the Donetsk People’s Republic.You have yourself seen whether it is true or not.
Addressant: Gleb, the Poltava region
Question: Not a question, but a proposal. Junta can be defeated in a short time, using the example of Princess Olga for the death of her husband. In Russia, there are 1-2 million of Ukrainian migrant workers , 5-10% of them can be trained in law enforcement agencies. And at the X hour they will appear in the right place.
Answer: It's an interesting proposal, Gleb, but its implementation requires several things that we do not have. First: only Russian specialists can do this, and we do not dispose of them. Second: for this, we need a lot of money, and we do not have extra. And the third: this requires a lot of time, and we do not have it either. Alas... But the proposal is interesting, at least purely theoretically.
Addressant: Sergey, Zaporozhye
Question: Good evening, Alexander Vladimirovich! I recently read that you signed the Decree that the demarcation line is now becoming a state border. Does this mean that you are giving up those territories of Donetsk region that the junta is now controlling? How so? You have repeatedly promised that you will free the entire territory of the Donetsk region, that all this is your territory? What have changed?
Answer:Sergey, our strategic goal remains unchanged. The legal basis for the existence of the Donetsk People’s Republic is the referendum of May 11, 2014, which was held throughout the territory of the former Donetsk region of Ukraine. Consequently, those territories of the former Donetsk region, which are currently controlled by Ukraine, we consider as temporarily occupied. Our strategic goal is to reunite the people of Donbass and, consequently, to liberate the occupied territories, preferably by peaceful means. Now regarding the Decree on the state border which aligns with the line of demarcation in the west. Here you need to understand a few obvious things: we have not demarcated (and do not intend while occupied territories exist) our border with Ukraine, this line is not bound geographically. That is, this line has not been fixed permanently and can move, for example, together with the front line. The Decree on the demarcation line just introduces the regime of the state border. And it is very important for us in order that we on legal grounds check those who cross the line. The task is simple – to stop possible terrorists and saboteurs. For the sake of this, for the sake of security issues, the Decree has been made.
Addressant: Uliana, Kiev
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Moscow on Wednesday. How do you assess the results of his visit? Something will change for Ukraine and for Donbass? What did Tillerson and Putin agree on? I understand that in our country, much depends on America's position, but I would like to know your assessment. What do you think of America in general?
Answer: Let's start from the end. What do I think of America? It seems to me that this country, which started very well, is now lost. And this is a matter of ideology: tolerance, the dictatorship of minorities, sexual revolutions and the absence of restraining moral principles, the destruction of the bond between generations... And also deception and pharisaism. Illusion. As a result, we see a split between the people and the elites. And that is why America has to wait for more severe shocks. I do not see how it can serve as a model for someone. If we return to politics and Tillerson's visit to Moscow, we will see the results, most likely, later. After all, in fact, we do not know anything about what was discussed behind the closed doors. The only thing that can be said with certainty is that a new dialogue begins between Washington and Moscow. What it will lead to - we'll see. It is possible that, as a result, Washington will "bounce" from Ukraine, abandon the "manual control" of the Kiev regime and proceed to discuss with Moscow the fix-up issues. I drew attention to the fact that Foreign Minister Lavrov recalled the duplex channel, which supplemented the "Normady Four". This was a Surkov-Nuland dialogue. It seems to me that now, after Nuland's replacement is found, such a channel will be restored, and that's good. Vladislav Surkov is a powerful politician and an excellent negotiator who is respected, both in Russia and in the US. I am confident that such a duplex Russian-American channel will help to find ways out of our conflict.
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich, hello. Please tell us, what do you think are the approximate losses of the Ukrainian army in manpower for all three years of their aggression against Donbass? This is due to the fact that such estimates vary from 2.5 to 35 thousand killed. You constantly declare at press conferences that you intend to release the entire Donbass as peacefully as possible. Are you absolutely sure of this scenario?
Answer:First, as for the losses of the Ukrainian party, not only the army, but also nationalist battalions, as well as mercenaries: according to our data, which we cannot confirm right now, but we will confirm later, after our victory, the Ukrainian side lost about 30 thousand people during the conflict. This is including the “missing”. By the way, as for the “missing”, this is a topic that we will talk about during the tribunal with Ukrainian commanders who will be sitting in the dock. Unfortunately, we have too much evidence that the Armed Forces of Ukraine and especially the punitive battalions uncontrollably were burying their victims in unnamed common graves and then levelled them to the ground. I think, on this occasion the Ukrainians themselves will draw up an account to the “valorous” Ukrainian army. And as for peaceful liberation of Donbass, I am not completely sure about this option, but I will not abandon it until there is at least one chance to solve our problems without blood. It has already been spilled too much. And I will remind you that the peaceful way is the Minsk process. And Minsk has not yet been “closed”. The platform is still working. Yes, the Ukrainian side is engaged in open sabotage for the most part of the issues under discussion, but there are topics on which the dialogue is still going on. In the end, the context itself can change in Ukraine: international, economic, internal political. And then a window of opportunities for real negotiations can open, during which we will dispart without the war. I repeat, this option is still possible.
Addressant: Andrey, Mariupol
Question: Hello, I have only one question: when will you liberate Mariupol from?..
Answer: Andrey, I cannot announce the deadline date, it would be unreasonable on my part, taking into account the public nature of our conversation. But there is one thing I can say for sure. Mariupol is a part of the Donetsk People’s Republic. All of us remember the queues which were in Mariupol on May 11, 2014, during the referendum, and we know that Mariupol voted almost 100% Yes. Thus, be sure that we will liberate Mariupol. The when and the how “cannot be discussed over the phone.”
Addressant: Pyotr, the south of Ukraine, Odessa, Nikolayev, Kherson, one of the regions
Question: I want to participate in the fight against Ukrainian fascists. I am a former Soviet Army officer, graduated from a military school. What is better in your opinion: to get into the DPR territory and join the Republic’s army, or to fight in the territory of Ukraine in the underground? If it is preferable to participate in the underground movement, then give some hints on how to join the ranks of the resistance? I independently conducted certain actions, so I have some experience.
Answer: As far as I understand, Pyotr, these are not the cities where you live, but the ones where you “worked.” It’s an impressive geography. As for the subject matter in question, our army is fine, ready to solve any problem, not only defensive ones. And we have not even used all of them yet. Perhaps, you saw our reservists’ assembly (27 thousand people), a significant part of whom were people with combat experience. And there is still mobilization in the reserve. Now this is not necessary and we continue recruiting volunteers only. Therefore, it is better to fight in the former Ukraine’s territory, in the underground. Attract more people, just be careful. It is not only fools who work in the Security Service, there are a few professionals. In addition, their instructors from across the ocean are not amateurs either. As for the hints, I will instruct my people to contact you, since you have left your contact information. So, you will hear from us.
Addressant: Yevgeny, Kiev
Question: Good afternoon! I am using Tor browser to ask a question, just in case if it helps. Many car enthusiasts use car stereos which receive medium and long waves. The range of these waves is hundreds and even thousands of kilometres. Maybe, it’s worth taking a step back and using powerful old radio stations to tell people the truth in such an additional way. By the way, the Civil Defense for alerts can also use these frequencies, and jammers are ineffective on them. A couple of words on communication channels. Optic fibre is cheaper for connection than copper, and it’s harder to bug. And you special welding machines are not needed for rapid deployment, like on highways. Americans and Chinese have little use of GSM in their countries.
Answer: Thanks for the advice, Yevgeny. You could have contacted us without any worries, our experts have protected the connection in such a way that the SBU will not be able to identify either numbers, or IPs of those asking questions. We are aware of the fibre issue, and I will instruct our Ministry of Communications in the use of old radio stations.
Addressant: Marina Sergeyevna, Cherkassy
Question: Dear Alexander Vladimirovich, my family and I fully support your struggle and your ideas. And most of our acquaintances too. But the economic issues cause concern. We see that in Ukraine, both the economy and living standard of people are falling. And what is happening in Donbass? You have got the blockade and the war, haven’t you? Probably, it’s more difficult at yours? How are we all going to survive? What ways do you see?
Answer: Marina Sergeyevna, in the economy, we have differently directed processes with Ukraine. While Ukrainian economy is falling, ours is being recovered. We are launching factories that were closed before the war, launching new longwalls at coalmines, refuting the lie that the coal industry is subsidized – we just had to remove the corruption component from it so that the industry would come to life. We are restoring the entire agricultural cycle not to only maintain ourselves, but also to sell agricultural products for export. It is difficult, of course, but there are prospects for development. We are not going to conduct deindustrialization, as it happens in Ukraine, because Western corporations and the IMF do not dictate the development conditions for us. As for the living standard of our residents, it is even more difficult, especially in the conditions of the blockade from Kiev. However, there are successes. For example, at the beginning of this year we managed to raise the minimum pension from 1800 rubbles to 2600. This is a significant increase! Before us there was a choice: either to add identical percent to all pensioners, or to raise the minimum. We decided that it would be fair to help the neediest. And do not forget that we keep the utility rates at the pre-war level, unlike the multiple increases in Ukraine. Therefore, despite all the difficulties, we are confidently moving forward. The main tools we have chosen to restore the economic potential and raise the living standard of people are simple: to erase oligarchs, and corruption, but to facilitate the state participation in the economy. I think that for Ukraine after the fall of the current criminal regime, these tools will meet the case.
Addressant: Dmitry, Ukraine
Question Good day, Alexander Vladimirovich! The LPR, as far as I heard, decided to block the content produced by Shary. I heard about it from him, in one of the videos. How would you comment this, and is anything of the kind planned in the DPR? As I understand, the views of the republics are similar in many respects. Thank you! All the best!
Answer: I heard that Shary’s resource was included in the list of not recommended ones in the LPR. Honestly, I do not know, for what reason, I had no time to ask colleagues from Lugansk. As for the Donetsk People’s Republic, everyone who wants to can watch videos by Shary and an overwhelming number of other resources, except for the frankly terrorist ones calling for violence and hatred. Personally, I do not see any reasons to block Shary. I from time to time watch his videos myself. Few people can troll, like he does, the Maidan authority, the power that steers Ukraine to ruin. In this regard, I also consider Shary to be a Ukrainian patriot, but a real one, not a deaf and blind man. He is sincerely worrying about his country and for this reason criticizing the current regime, sometimes with a very sharp satire. And Shary is especially talented in exposing the Ukrainian ‘fake factory’, which is, in my opinion, the only one working in this country with full load.
Addressant: Sergey, Odessa
Question: Alexander Vladimirovich, we were shocked to find out that you had met with Nadezhda Savchenko. How could you sit at the same table with a murderer? And then we found out that she had even come to you to Donetsk and had been guarded by your special services. How is that possible? And if possible, tell us what you and Savchenko talked about and how do you gauge her? Thank you.
Answer: Sergey, I’ll tell you one simple idea, which, however, does not occur to everybody. To enter a war is much easier than to get out of it. Especially if it is a civil war. We are now in that position. If someone wants to find a way out of the impasse and thereby prevent a new round of bloody war, then we are ready to talk with them. I will reveal a terrible secret. If Poroshenko demonstrates his willingness to negotiate and confirms his commitment to end the war, I am ready to sit down at the negotiating table even with him. And, as you know, he has much more blood on his hands than Savchenko. As for the status of the criminal and murderer, let me remind you that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom I greatly respect, pardoned her. So, I can communicate with Savchenko, keeping in mind what she did. Savchenko visited Donetsk within the subject that we discussed in Minsk, the exchange of prisoners. And we were interested in giving Savchenko the status of a witness, an eyewitness, who could rightfully state in Kiev that we were treating prisoners well. For the record, there she also received a handicap on the lists in comparison to Poroshenko and other fictitious exchange negotiators. As for the protection, this was an obvious step on our part. Since we guaranteed her safety, we had to keep our word. And we guarded Savchenko not only from our citizens having a bone to pick with the Ukrainian ‘hero’, but also from Ukrainian saboteurs who were ready to eliminate Savchenko in our territory and then shift the blame for this to us. So, as you can see, we behaved quite pragmatically. Sometimes emotions should be restrained. As for me, I did not meet with Savchenko in Donetsk, as there was not such a necessary. As for my assessment, as I have said, Savchenko makes the impression of a person believing in her cause. And she is a dangerous opponent. Well, I am the one as well.
Addressant: Yuri Andrukhovich, Sergey Zhadan, Ukrainian “conscious” writers
Question: Zakharchenko, do you understand that your political career will at best end in the dock? But even if you do not understand this, but believe in your illusory victory, can you answer us, Ukrainians, a simple question: what will you do with the Ukrainian culture and literature, in particular? Will books in Ukrainian be sold? Or instead of <…> only books by Zakhar Prilepin will be displayed and imposed everywhere? Have you, separatist bastards, made black lists of Ukrainian writers and journalists? Let’s imagine that you have come. So what, in Ukraine, as a result of your (impossible, of course) arrival on a big terrible tank, will one version of unfreedom be replaced with another?!
Answer: Thanks to Zakhar Prilepin, these specific questions were conveyed to me. I promised to answer the most unpleasant questions, and I am doing this: 1. As for the Ukrainian culture and literature, nothing will be done to it. We will treat is the same way as we are now doing in the Donetsk People’s Republic, where the state supports all the national cultures, including the Ukrainian one. Including the Department of Ukrainian Language and Literature at the University. However, the concept of “culture” should be discussed with these writers. I am not sure that we equally understand this term. In fact, one can be listed in the “culture” column payroll, but at the same time be an anti-cultural person. For example, Mr Andrukhovich and Zhadan, we will not forget your contribution to the process of de-humanizing the inhabitants of Donbass, your contribution to inciting hatred towards “vatniks” and “colorados.” You must be thinking that this is a “culture” as well. I disagree with you. Participation in such campaigns is an anticulture, this is destruction of culture as such. As for “lists” of different colours, I must honestly say that some journalists, for instance, will sit in the dock of the international tribunal together with war criminals. For the reason that they did not only make their contribution to inciting hatred and developing the “language of hatred”, but in many ways they have themselves provoked Maidan and the violence that arose there as a way of solving political problems. But do not rely on repressions on our part. We will not act like the Maidan power of ultranationalists and Banderites and bring terror. It was your patrons to have cleansed the information and cultural fields. It was your “patrons” to have killed Oles Buzina. Your political leaders will be those to be taken to a trial for this. And you? You will have the opportunity either to stay or emigrate, it’s up to you. As for the last question, which you passed through Zakhar Prilepin, thank you for honesty, for the fact that you recognize today’s Ukraine as a territory of unfreedom. As for us, we are standing for freedom and fair competition. Can you compete with our writers? Just try. And keep in mind that, after I had been shown some of your “writings”, it was very hard for me to restrain myself and answer you politely.
Addressant: Vadim, Mariuoil
Question: Some narrow-minded people from among our former compatriots really like to mock everything in the Donetsk and the Lugansk People’s Republics from tomato prices to our heroes' massive funerals and reservists' assemblies. They say people are forced to go there. This is understandable because of their lameness. For they force their pupils to be present at their 'sworn brothers' funeral and make them worship murderers and their henchmen, who were killing the same children elsewhere. And about three or four such 'heroes' were laid to rest by about a hundred of people at the Maidan. Suffice it to mention 'the most powerful army in Europe', which good fellows will never join, only irresponsible and desperate people are going there to pay their large credits by any means. And even with them there is a low manning. Nevertheless, there are two dozen regions which is more than our two Republics. This fact is well-understood by all normal people. In this connection I have a question about the reserve army. It includes not merely veterans, but I am interested specifically in that battle-hardened warriors. Are you going to equip them as you have promised before? And if yes, how soon it to take place? Obviously, reservists are, first of all, the defensive force, so are you expecting the situation's aggravation soon?
Answer: Vadim, I will answer your questions one by one. Firstly, among our reservists we have those who were participating in hostilities in 2014-2015 and those who has never fought before. Of course, we are mostly relying on those who have military experience. Secondly, yes, all the experienced reservists are to be armed. It doesn't contradict our law on weapon, according to which one can register under 5 firearm items. I constantly repeat that should the AFU come to our cities they will be met with incandescent lead flow on their heads. Each flat can be the separate firing position. The third answer is yes, we are expecting another aggravation, if to put it mildly. Our reconnaissance reports that the opposite side is ready to conduct the full-scale hostilities. The so-called 'fists' are formed to hit the key areas, so we are waiting.