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 "Fear and weakness are bad advisers," - Yelisieiev slams Pinchuk's compromise over Crimea, Donbas

Giving up European integration would be political suicide.

Presidential Administration Deputy Head Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said commenting on an article by Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk for the Wall Street Journal, where he offers to surrender Crimea and the occupied Donbas territory for the sake of peace in Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

"I agree with his noble appeal for peace in the Donbas (eastern Ukraine) but cannot agree with the appeal for compromises based on worries. Fear and weakness are bad advisers. They play into Russia's appetites, invite even more aggression and greater human suffering," he wrote.

Yelisieiev noted no reversal in European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine was possible.

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"Renouncing European integration would be political suicide for every politician in Ukraine who would dare call for such a dramatic reversal, especially after the Revolution of Dignity and its demand for modernization and reform," Yelisieiev went on.

He called for dropping any trade in the territory of Ukraine, be it the Donbas or Crimea.

"Ukraine stands for local elections there, but only based on Ukraine's law and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe standards. The Kremlin would definitely like to legalize its hybrid occupation and puppet regimes in the Donbas by Ukrainian hands. No one should fall into this trap," the official stated.

On Dec. 29, Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk wrote in his opinion article for The Wall Street Journal that Ukraine should surrender Crimea for the sake of peace with Russia and agree to freezing the Donbas conflict.
   
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