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Russia's Plans for a Shadow Government in Ukraine
4 April, 2016

What You Need To Know:

✅ German newsmagazine BILD recently published an internal Russian Government document outlining Russia’s plans for a shadow government in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

✅ According to Röpcke: “This is what you need to run a state, to run a welfare system, to run an infrastructure system and also to run the financial policy, a domestic policy as well as foreign policy of the affected areas in Eastern Ukraine.”

✅ “Russia obviously developed a plan B, its own perspective, its own future for Donbas, which has nothing to do with Minsk, which has nothing to do with the reimplementation or the mid-term re-integration of the Donbas into Ukrainian statehood.”

✅ The puppet governments of the DNR and LNR have no choice “than to do exactly what is decided in Russia to keep their states running.”

German newsmagazine BILD recently published an internal Russian Government document outlining Russia’s plans for a shadow government in Ukraine’s Donbas region. According to Julian Röpcke, BILD’s political editor, the paper is a protocol of a session from the ‘Inter-ministerial commission for the provision of humanitarian aid for the affected areas in the south-east of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine’, dating back to October 23rd, 2015. It provides extensive information on six working groups led by the deputy minister of the Russian Federation and various Russian authorities.

The paper deals with topics such as finance, trade and transportation infrastructure, which “goes far beyond a humanitarian mission”, stresses Röpcke. “This is what you need to run a state, to run a welfare system, to run an infrastructure system and also to run the financial policy, a domestic policy as well as foreign policy of the affected areas in Eastern Ukraine.” While there are no military aspects discussed in the paper, the FSB, Russia’s security service is overlooking and working with the commission.

The document has received little reaction from Europe thus far, however Röpcke emphasizes that if one is to take this finding seriously, then the Minsk agreement should be reconsidered: “Russia obviously developed a plan B, its own perspective, its own future for Donbas, which has nothing to do with Minsk, which has nothing to do with the reimplementation or the mid-term re-integration of the Donbas into Ukrainian statehood.”

In January of 2016, BILD published a report exposing Russia’s funneling of an estimated billion euros yearly in the form of social payments to the separatist-held Ukrainian territories. According to Röpcke, the puppet governments of the Eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed separatist republics have no choice “than to do exactly what is decided in Russia to keep their states running.”

Julian Röpcke, BILD Politics Editor joined Hromadske's Tanya Ogarkova from Berlin via Skype in April of 2016.