Ukraine: Poroshenko Vehemently Rejects Balkanization of Country

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko categorically rejected the possibility of a federalized Ukraine when asked about the possibility. Poroshenko intimated that the plan was merely an attempt to “destroy” Ukraine and capitulate to the perceived Russian goal of breaking parts of the country apart. Nevertheless, despite his rejection of a federalized Ukraine, Poroshenko expressed support for greater regional autonomy, including increased policy-making capabilities for regional governments.

The idea of decentralization is not a relatively new one, and has been addressed by US and European officials over the last year. Germany’s Vice Chancellor made headlines several months ago when he expressed support for decentralizing Ukrainian policymaking to allow for greater decision making throughout the country. As expected, the plan has been decried by the US as a possible vehicle for increased Russian involvement in the country. At this stage, the principal fear is that Russia would be able place pro-Russia individuals in power and thereby create an “extension” of Russia inside of Ukraine.

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