Ukraine's eastern breakaway republics unite

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic in Ukraine united in a confederation named the Union of People’s Republics on Thursday.

Ukraine's eastern breakaway republics unite

World Bulletin / News Desk

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic in Ukraine united in a confederation named the Union of People’s Republics on Thursday.

Oleg Tsarev was elected unanimously as head of the self-proclaimed republics’ parliament by 49 deputies of the two republics - twenty-eight deputies from Luhansk and 21 from Donetsk People’s Republic.

The Union of People’s Republic speaker of parliament, Tsarev made a statement via social media thanking the separatist deputies for their commitment.

The parliament later approved the Union of People’s Republic’s constitution which states that the union is a democratic and federal state.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on Thursday with the Russian Security Council’s permanent members on the current developments in Ukraine concentrating on efforts to extend the ceasefire, according to statement made by the Kremlin press office.

Ukraine’s military and pro-Russia separatists have been engaged in constant fighting for more than two months in the country’s eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk where pro-Russia sentiments are running high among the ethnic Russian community.

President Petro Poroshenko said on June 18 that a 14-point peace plan will begin to be implemented with his orders on an unilateral ceasefire, which will be followed with administrative reforms to grant regional governments more authority.

Four international observers released

Four members of an international monitoring team, including Turkish national Memet Kilic, captured by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have been released after 32 days in captivity early Friday.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said in a statement that the four monitors were handed over to the Organization's officials in Donetsk, but that four others, who were taken captive in Luhansk, are still missing.

“Intense efforts have been taken on all levels to seek the immediate and unconditional release of the monitors,” the statement said.

Kilic thanked those who had helped in rescuing him and said he is in good health. "I am very happy because I will meet my family," he told Anadolu Agency in Donetsk.

The separatists have said the release was a sign of goodwill, with no pre-conditions.

The Organization's chairperson, and Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter said in a statement he was grateful for the support of four Donetsk-based monitors in securing the release. He also called for the other four-member team to be released without delay.

The statement staid the freed monitors appeared to be in a good condition. The Organization lost contact with the two teams from Donetsk and Luhansk on May 26 and May 29.

"I talked to Kilic on the phone and I also talked to Kilic's wife to give her good news," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on his official twitter account.

The released observers are from Turkey, Switzerland, Estonia and Denmark. They had been sent to Ukraine to monitor an agreement reached in Geneva in April to east tension in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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