Ukraine should abandon idea of joining NATO and EU, hold local elections in occupied Donbas, - Pinchuk

Ukraine should take the situation in the Donbas as is and hold local elections.

Ukrainian oligarch and politician Viktor Pinchuk expressed the idea in his article for The Wall Street Journal, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, Ukraine has found itself in the new geopolitical environment influenced by the victory of Donald Trump and the upcoming presidential elections in many European countries, the results of which can be unpredictable.

The willingness of the Ukrainians to defend their values is a good thing, Pinchuk says, but there is a need to adapt to new conditions and possibly make some concessions in order to achieve peace and stability in the country.

"We maintain our position that Crimea is part of Ukraine and must be returned, Crimea must not get in the way of a deal that ends the war in the east on an equitable basis. It will take Ukraine 15 to 20 years to generate enough economic growth and stabilize our infrastructure, social safety net and financial system. Everyone from Crimea will then want to live in this future Ukraine, he said.

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Pinchuk sees elections in the Donbas as a compromise.

"Conflict in the east was initiated from abroad and is not a genuine autonomy movement or civil war. There will not be conditions for fair elections until Ukraine has full control over its territory. But we may have to overlook this truth and accept local elections. Such compromises may mean letting down Ukrainians from the east who have suffered enormously. But if this is what it takes to demonstrate Ukraine's commitment to peaceful reunification, then we may have to make this compromise to save thousands of lives," Pinchuk goes on.

Other concessions, according to Pinchuk, include a suspension of the soonest EU membership and acceptance of the fact that Ukraine will not become a NATO member both in the near and far future.

"The Ukrainian lives that will be saved are worth the painful compromises I have proposed. We must reiterate that Ukraine can be part of solving its own problems and addressing global challenges as part of a broad international coalition," the politician concludes.

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