IHOR YAREMENKO: DONBAS REINTEGRATION PROCESS IS CONSIDERED SOLELY ALONG WITH CRIMEA
The issue of returning temporarily occupied territories, inter alia Crimea Peninsula and areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts is considered only as a whole. Ihor Yaremenko, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine stated the aforementioned during the presentation of the analytical report "New Deoccupation Policy: Directions and Cautions", prepared by the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism".
"The logic of the need to unite the cases of Donbas and Crimea was the basis for reformation of our Ministry's structure. We moved away from regional directorates, or departments, as it was before, when there were separate directions for Crimea and separate directions for Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Now when we talk about the occupied territories, we consider Crimea and Donbas as a whole. It is the unification of these two cases that gives us an advantage in the direction of de-occupation of these territories in the future," emphasized Yaremenko. He noted that the issue of returning Donbas was on the agenda together with Crimea.
"Of course, this is not an easy path ahead. After all, the safe reintegration of Donbas will require huge efforts and concentration of resources. The Russian Federation will try to use this in its own interests in order to divert attention from the issue of Crimea to legitimize the occupation of the Ukrainian Peninsula," said Ihor Yaremenko.
He noted that the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT constantly emphasized the need for safe reintegration, which meant addressing security issues as a first step towards further conflict resolution.