BORYS KOLESNIKOV: “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS EASTERN AND WESTERN UKRAINE. THERE IS THE EAST AND THE WEST OF OUR COUNTRY"
The leader of the party UKRAINE IS OUR HOME, Borys Kolesnikov, is convinced that it was the politicians who invented the problem of dividing Ukraine into Western and Eastern parts. “There is no such problem. There was a time when I traveled all over the West of Ukraine. Together with the sports teams, I traversed it up and down. And I have never encountered a disrespectful attitude towards Russian-speaking people. If you look closely, they first raised this topic in 2001. And, regrettably, it was “successfully” exploited by the NASHA UKRAINA party. They found success via the speeches that proclaimed that the right type of Ukrainians lives in the West, while bandits and the likes live in the East. In 2002, the little-known party NASHA UKRAINA received 22% of the votes. Nobody cared that they were thus destroying Ukraine,” the politician recalls.
The leader of the party believes that there is no need to “stitch” the country together. What we need is to remove the manipulations around this issue. “Then you will see how the problem disappears by itself. There is no such thing as Eastern and Western Ukraine. There is the East and the West of our country. Let's make it successful together."
As for bringing Donbas back to the administrative borders of Ukraine, Borys Kolesnikov noted that achieving peace should be the task of the utmost priority for the Ukrainian government. “The Minsk Treaty was signed. Of course, it contains clauses that we agree with and those that do not serve our interests. Let's consider controversial issues separately. Let the ministers deal with them. You do not give the promises you cannot keep. Let the national interests of Ukraine be our North Star. In six months, everything will go back to normal. The main thing is to regain control of the borderline. It is imperative we finally push this process out of the limbo."
The leader of the UKRAINE IS OUR HOME party also expressed confidence that in 5 years the Donbas will make more money for Ukraine than Ukraine will spend on its restoration. “We must solve this problem or admit we are unable to do it. Every day we see news reports of killed soldiers or civilians. These are broken families and children who will never see their parents again. Airports and other objects of the Donbas infrastructure can be restored in one year. But there is no way we could bring back 15,000 people who lost their lives in this conflict. It is the most regretful truth. I am more than convinced that the Donbas will make more money for Ukraine in 5 years than Ukraine will spend on its restoration. And it is easy to prove from an economic standpoint. The sooner we bring Donbas back to Ukraine, the sooner Ukraine will become triumphant! ” Kolesnikov summed up.