Donbass and Crimea must beg for mercy – Ukrainian deputy

A former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Andrey Senchenko, drafted a bill according to which the inhabitants of the Crimea and Donbass must beg for Kiev's pardon. The politician wrote about this on his Facebook page.

The bill "On Forgiveness", according to Senchenko's plan, will concern those who conduct activities in the interests of the "aggressor state", by which Kiev means Russia. One of the articles of the document suggests such "categories" of the inhabitants of the Crimea and Donbass admit their guilt, repent and apologize for the "crimes" committed.

“This is not the same as an amnesty – we use the Croatian experience to some extent, there was a procedure of forgiveness after the Balkan war,” Senchenko wrote.

As an alternative to criminal punishment, Senchenko proposes to limit the "repentant" in civil rights: in particular, to prohibit them from working in government bodies and to participate in elections. Applications for forgiveness must be considered by Ukrainian courts.

The full text of the application for begging forgiveness was also written by the deputy:

"I, the citizen of Ukraine (last name, first name, patronymic), during the period of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against our country, committed in the interests of the aggressor state to the detriment of Ukraine's interests the criminal offense, the circumstances of which I set out in the application for a criminal offense, with this petition for forgiveness. I admit my guilt, sincerely repent and ask the Ukrainian people and the state for forgiveness for the crime I have committed. I ask you to apply to me the procedure of forgiveness and the alternative punishment provided by the Law of Ukraine "On Forgiveness."

As the ex-deputy noted, the procedure of forgiveness is offered only for residents of the Crimea and Donbass, as these people "found themselves in territories controlled by the aggressor, without state protection and under the massive influence of hostile propaganda."

"For the same actions committed in the interests of the aggressor in the free territory of the country, there can be no forgiveness," the author of the initiative stressed.

Senchenko in the spring of 2014 temporarily served as deputy head of the presidential administration.

DONi News Agency