The leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky has thrown down the gauntlet to the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pledging that “the one who wins, will set his terms” for ending the bloody conflict in the region.
“I suggest you consider just one, but a very good scenario,” Plotnitsky wrote in an open letter to Poroshenko. “Let’s (following the example of the ancient Slavic leaders and glorious Cossack chieftains) get together in a fight: whoever wins will dictate terms to the opposite side.”
Plotnitsky’s “terms” are multiple, among them an immediate cessation of all hostilities; withdrawal of all legal, semi-legal and illegal armed groups of Ukraine beyond the administrative boundaries of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions; the start of peace negotiations between Ukraine on one side and the LPR and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on the other. Continue reading Fighting words: PM of Lugansk People’s Republic throws down gauntlet to Ukraine president