KIEV, Nov. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Ukrainian President
Leonid Kuchma warned on Monday against any attempt to split Ukraine, Ukraine
national news agency Ukrinform reported on Monday evening.
"It is not allowed to separate Ukraine under whatever circumstances," Kuchma told a meeting in the suburb of Kiev,
whichwas attended by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and senior leaders from
eastern Ukrainian Provinces.
He said some people have the intention to split the
On Sunday, a meeting of people's deputies held in
eastern Ukrainian city of North Donetsk warned of seeking trans-regional
autonomous alliance and even urged to consider the possibility of holding a
referendum on setting up a "Southeastern Republic".
On the same day, the congress of the eastern
Ukrainian provinceof Donetsk decided to hold a referendum on whether to upgrade
the province into an autonomous republic on Dec. 5, signaling a move for
Kuchma also said he was surprised at the accusations
that thereare frauds in the presidential elections, adding that the actions of
the opposition camp have gone beyond the reason.
He urged the two sides to come back to the
negotiation table, exploring political and legal solutions to crack the
The president also warned that the economic situation
in Ukraine is all the more serious.
He said what he was worrying about most is the
financial stability, warning of possible dismantling of the whole financial
Whatever consequences, neither Prime Minister
Yanukovich nor hehimself would hold the responsibility because the president and
the government could not put the work on normal track, he said.
According to Kuchma, the volume of goods going
through the Ukraine customs house has decreased by 75 percent.