Presentation of the research “Returning home. De-occupation and reintegration of Donbas as viewed by the leading Ukrainian parties” by Dzerkalo Tyzhnia

On July, 12, 2018, presentation of the research “Returning home. De-occupation and reintegration of Donbas as viewed by the leading Ukrainian parties” by Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Mirror Weekly) took place.

The event was organized be the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, weekly newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia,  Internews, and USAID Ukraine.

The research “Returning home. De-occupation and reintegration of Donbas as viewed by the leading Ukrainian parties” is aimed to clarify the attitude of the main Ukrainian political parties to the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine; their vision of future of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, as well as of Crimea; how the restoration of sovereignty on these territories should take place; what is the further of the Minsk agreements; how the amnesty should be held on the temporarily occupied territories, and other important issues.

This presentation continues the discussion “Return of the occupied territories of the Donbas. The Ukrainian Plan”, which took place on October 31, 2017. The discussion was designed as a platform for exchanging views and an open discussion on the socio-political situation in the liberated and occupied territories of Donbas, on the issues of return and reintegration of the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, management of the de-occupied territories, and development of a new economic model of Donbas. More.

Svitlana Matviienko, Chairwoman of the Board of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, noted that the presented study aims to find out how leading Ukrainian political parties characterize the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, what should be the further fate of the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and other sensitive sensitive issues. Svitlana stressed that this large-scale study continues such studies of Dzerkalo Tyzhnia as “Bleeding. Why Ukrainians leave their country “and “Tree of Life “, which reveal the attitude of Ukrainians towards the key issues and processes that are taking place in our country.

Yuliia Mostova, editor-in-chief of the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, thanked all partners who helped to conduct the research. Ms. Mostova focused on why this particular research topic has been chosen. First, she stressed, that according to a sociological survey, 67% of Ukrainian citizens consider the war in the East of Ukraine to be the most important problem. The cessation of the war and the achievement of peace are the greatest expectations of citizens for the future president, whose election is scheduled for March 2019. Secondly, in Ukraine there is still no general vision, a comprehensive program of resolving the conflict in the Donbass. However, it needs to be developed, because we are aware that there can be no military victory, and capitulation will bring even more problems than it is now. Thirdly, there is a fear that a solution to the Ukrainian issue may be made during the meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki on July 16, 2018, without the participation of Ukraine.

The form, in which the research is presented, where the answers of all political parties are filed on the A2 format, enables voters to objectively compare the positions of the leading political parties of Ukraine on various issues.

Ms. Mostova also noted that among the political parties represented in the study, there are no such leading political forces as “People’s Front”, “Motherland”, “For Life” and “Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko”. Without receiving a response from these political forces, one can assume the following: either they do not have an opinion on these issues, or they are not sure about the position of their voters on these issues, or they are waiting for the results of the meeting of Trump and Putin in Helsinki.

Serhiy Rakhmanin, first deputy editor-in-chief of the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, stressed the importance of research for two main reasons. Firstly, Donbass is the number one issue that worries voters. Not corruption, but the establishment of peace. Secondly, the research is constructed in such a way that it requires a clear, unambiguous answer to the proposed questions. While most political parties avoid a direct answer to the question of establishing peace and ways of implementing it, the proposed study is forcing them to choose a specific response among the proposals and thus clearly define their position on these issues.

Which questions the leading Ukrainian political parties were asked? Which answers do they chose? And, most importantly, to which conclusions their chosen positions inspire, you can read in the research “Returning home. De-occupation and reintegration of Donbas as viewed by the leading Ukrainian parties” by Dzerkalo Tyzhnia.

Photo-gallery of the event

Photos by Oleksandr Kovalenko