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Ukraine Separatists Reject Diplomatic Deal
Apr 22, 2014

Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Ukraine government stepped down.

The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva, seemed to be the best hope of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.

Ukraine’s acting president and prime minister offered some of their strongest pledges yet to strengthen constitutional rights to use the Russian language to try and defuse the protests but v also said its efforts to root out the separatists would continue.

The Geneva agreement requires all illegal armed groups to disarm and end occupations of public buildings, streets and squares, but with the separatists staying put in the east and Ukrainian nationalist protesters showing no sign of leaving their unarmed camps in the capital’s Independence Square, it was not clear that either side would be willing to move first.

Enacting the agreement on the ground will be difficult, because of the deep mistrust between the pro-Russian groups and the Western-backed government in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy last month by declaring Russia had a right to intervene in neighbouring countries. That move followed the overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich after months of street protests prompted by his rejection of a trade deal with the EU.

In a joint telecast address, acting President Oleksander Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk called for national unity, urged people to refrain from violence and said they would support constitutional change, decentralising more power to local councils, including over their official language (a key demand of Russian-speakers). They also said the government was preparing a law that would give the separatists an amnesty if they backed down.

The self-declared leader of all the region’s separatists said he did not consider his men to be bound by the agreement. Denis Pushilin, head of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not sign anything for us; he signed on behalf of the Russian Federation.

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