- Title: Hope and fear in Ukraine as Kiev moves to back peace plan
- Date: 2nd October 2019
- Summary: KIEV, UKRAINE (OCTOBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) BATKIVSHCHYNA PARTY LEADER YULIA TYMOSHENKO SPEAKING IN UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT VARIOUS OF PARLIAMENT SESSION IN PROGRESS PARLIAMENT MEMBER TAKING SELFIE PARLIAMENT SESSION IN PROGRESS JOURNALISTS IN PARLIAMENT HALL (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY PARTY LEADER, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "I draw your attention to the fact that they (Ukrainian government) were not promised anything. They only were promised the fact of the meeting. And there is a risk that Ukraine will pay for this meeting with surrender." PARLIAMENT HALL (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY PARTY LEADER, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "I want to say that for five years the whole world has been supporting Ukraine's stance. And as of today, after those events, we can see that the coalition can hear the Russian voice more clearly. And of course we need to fix that." PAINTING ON WALL (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) LEADER OF SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE FRACTION, DAVID ARAKHAMIA, SAYING: "I have met with the president to hear if there is any betrayal that is being spread by the media, in Facebook and elsewhere. I tell you it does not exist. There is none. The president guarantees that there is none. And I can also tell you that there is none. It could happen later in Normandy format. And we will all be following it, and it will be communicated. Because it will be the new process already." JOURNALISTS IN HALL DONETSK, UKRAINE (OCTOBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) HEART IN COLOURS OF RUSSIAN FLAG AND LETTERING READING (Russian): 'RUSSIA' (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, TATIANA (SURNAME UNKNOWN), SAYING: "I am very glad, I am glad for Ukraine too. Because I have been living here for 50 years and I need this country. My children live here too, they live in Ukraine as well. And I would want us to be friends. " PLACARD CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF SELF-PROCLAIMED DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC (DPR), READING (Russian): 'I was born in DPR' (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, YELENA (SURNAME UNKNOWN), SAYING: "Do you think something will change? I don't think so. Especially because Zelenskiy has said that there will be no special status, it is only valid till December 31 and they will adopt a new law afterwards. I think all of it is a very long-running and slow process." VARIOUS OF DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC FLAG PEOPLE WALKING IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, VLADISLAV (SURNAME UNKNOWN), SAYING: "The most important thing is that the fighting stops. It's very good that they have agreed, that they plan to withdraw the troops." CARS DRIVING IN STREET PEOPLE WALKING IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, DENIS (SURNAME UNKNOWN), SAYING: "I think Zelenskiy is a president who is able to negotiate. And I think that in the nearest future they will agree, they will find a common language and some common ground." VARIOUS OF PLACARD CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC WOMAN SWEEPING STREET
- Embargoed: 16th October 2019 12:08
- Keywords: Ukraine crisis Petro Poroshenko Rada Ukrainian parliament Steinmeier formula Ukraina's east Donetsk People's Republic rebel republic
- Location: KIEV AND DONETSK, UKRAINE
- City: KIEV AND DONETSK, UKRAINE
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZELW7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ukraine's former president Petro Poroshenko criticised the announcement of agreement between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels on a plan to introduce a special status for Ukraine's breakaway regions on Wednesday (October 2).
But the announcement was largely welcomed in one of the areas controlled by separatists.
The measures, known as the 'Steinmeier formula', would special status for the Donbass region and the ability to hold elections there.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday (October 1) that the Steinmeier formula should be written into Ukrainian law.
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the agreement granted Russia a stronger voice and said there was a risk Ukraine would "pay for the meeting with surrender".
Residents in the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk said they were hopeful the agreement would lead to an end to conflict in the east of Ukraine, although some were concerned the pace of change would be too slow.
Kiev's forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a conflict that has claimed more than 13,000 lives. Sporadic fighting continues despite a ceasefire agreement.
(Production: Maria Vasilyeva, Lewis Macdonald)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None