Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics consider Crimea part of Russia — joint statement

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics consider Crimea part of Russia and withdraw all the proposed draft amendments to Ukraine’s constitution mentioning Crimea and Sevastopol in order to avoid speculations, their envoys said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics consider Crimea part of Russia and withdraw all the proposed draft amendments to Ukraine’s constitution mentioning Crimea and Sevastopol in order to avoid speculations, their envoys said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

"The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) certainly consider Crimea part of Russia. Moreover, our republics would also like ideally to become part of the Russian Federation," the statement says.

The Donetsk and Luhansk republics’ envoys, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, said the Ukrainian constitution has articles devoted to Crimea. "That’s why the draft amendments to certain articles of the current Ukrainian constitution which we propose mention Crimea only in the technical and judicial sense."

"To avoid further speculations on this issue, we withdraw those draft amendments to Ukraine’s constitution proposed by us that mention Crimea and Sevastopol," the statement stresses.

First published by TASS.

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