Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, on a question how to stabilize a situation in Ukraine, declared that the most important in this problem is «question of guarantees for inhabitants of the East of the country».
So, during a telemarathon of communication with people on April 17 Putin declared that is unimportant that will be earlier–election of the president of Ukraine or referendum on country federalization, that Hugo's territories - the East of Ukraine in imperial time weren't a part of Ukraine is important.
- At first a referendum on the Constitution, and then elections, or at first it is necessary to stabilize a situation by means of elections, and then to hold a referendum? Question at all in it, a question in providing legitimate rights of Russians and Russian-speaking citizens of the South and the East of Ukraine. I will remind, using terminology still imperial times, it is–Novorossiya with the center in Novorossiysk. And here this here Kharkov, Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Nikolaev, Odessa weren't a part of Ukraine in imperial times, these are all territories which were transferred to Ukraine in 20-ые years by the Soviet government. Why they made it, God knows them. These territories left, but the people there remained. Today they are citizens of Ukraine, but they have to be equal citizens of the country. Here in what everything put. And a question at all that will be earlier, a referendum on decentralization or federalization, and then elections, or elections, and then changes of any structure state. The question in guarantees for these people, - expressed Putin.
We will remind as earlier it was reported, Putin I recognized that Hugo's population - the East of Ukraine differs from the population of the Crimea: according to him, in Hugo - east areas of the country ethnic structure of the population about 50 on 50–half of Ukrainians and half of Russians. For this reason he noted that with Hugo - the East of Russia it isn't necessary to fall into euphoria as it was with the Crimea, but thus added that considers a duty «to help these people».
We will note also that if to speak terminology the dotsarskikh of times, Novgorod, Ryazan, Suzdal, Pskov, Vladimir, Smolensk and some other the cities weren't a part of Russia, and were called «Kievan Rus'».