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    Kostyantyn Yelisieiev, deputy head of Poroshenko’s administration, stated that he can not agree with Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk who urged the government in Kiev to offer more realistic proposals on EU membership, Crimea and Donbass to "move toward a solution for a free, united, peaceful and secure Ukraine."

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The office of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko rebuffed on Thursday a suggestion from Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk it must make painful compromises with Russia to save lives.

    Pinchuk urged the government in Kiev to offer more realistic proposals on EU membership, Crimea and Donbass to "move toward a solution for a free, united, peaceful and secure Ukraine," in an op-ed published last month in the Wall Street Journal.

    "I agree with his noble appeal for peace in Donbass [eastern Ukraine] but cannot agree with the appeal for compromises based on worries," Kostyantyn Yelisieiev, deputy head of Poroshenko’s administration, replied in an article published on the presidential website on Thursday.

    He identified Ukraine’s membership of the European Union and NATO as some of the government’s guidelines that would be a "political suicide" to cross, declined a "trade-off" in territories for the sake of peace and ruled out the possibility of elections in Donbass while Russia allegedly had its boots on the ground in east Ukraine.

    The Ukrainian government launched an operation in eastern Ukraine to defeat pro-independence militias in April 2014, a month after almost 97 percent of Crimea’s population voted in a referendum to reunite with Russia, prompting sanctions from the United States and its allies, who called it an annexation.


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