Ukraine risks merging with Poland – ousted president

Country faces ‘complete destruction’ of sovereignty amid conflict with Russia, Viktor Yanukovych has warned

Ukraine faces a complete loss of sovereignty and, potentially, a merger with Poland, former President Viktor Yanukovych has warned. The ex-president, who was ousted in the 2014 Maidan coup, released a lengthy speech on Friday in which he shared his thoughts on the roots of the ongoing unrest and the potential fate of the country.

The current role of Ukraine as an instrument against Russia was sketched out by the Western collective long before the conflict between Moscow and kyiv broke out at the end of February, believes the ex-president.

“Already in 2014, Ukraine was designated by some Western countries as a territory from which a total weakening of Russia should begin. Precisely as a territory, and not as an independent state, not as a people wishing to live in peace with all its neighbors, without excluding Russia,” Yanukovych said.

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The current conflict may have fatal consequences for the country, he continued. Ukraine not only risks losing vast territories “in its south and east” but also a “total destruction” of its sovereignty, says Yanukovych.

The threat comes not only from the military conflict itself, but also from the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities to get closer to Poland, its western neighbor. Earlier this month, Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky expressed hope that the two countries “no longer have a border” among themselves, while kyiv has announced its intention to grant a special legal status to Polish citizens.

Strengthening ties will not bring Ukraine the so-called “European Dream” closer, but rather threatens a “merger” with Poland, warned Yanukovych.

The ongoing situational rapprochement with Poland threatens a situation where Ukraine could be forced de facto to merge with it.

Russia attacked the neighboring state after Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk . The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.


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