DONETSK (Sputnik) — On June 18, the leader of east Ukraine's self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk (DPR), proposed a three-year transition period toward a new state called Malorossiya ("Little Russia") as a way to settle the conflict in the region. Noting that discussions within the DPR had "come to the conclusion that Ukraine has shown itself as a failed state," he called on the international community to support his proposal.
"We did not create a new state, we initiated a discussion and made our proposal. Within a week, we received a huge number of comments and suggestions from passionate people from all over Ukraine," Zakharchenko said, adding that many people supported the idea.
"The final decisions have not yet been made, but the discussion will continue and that's most important," the DPR leader stressed.
The Kremlin said that the proposal was Zakharchenko's "personal initiative."
Following DPR's announcement, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to restore sovereignty over Donbass.