Idea of creation of Estern-Southern autonomy is an attempt by the governors of Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Luhansk oblasts to evade responsibility for large-scale falsification during the Presidential election. This was declared by the the opposition leader Viktor Yuschenko in his speech on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). On behalf of the Committee of National Salvation of Ukraine he warned the participants of the congress of representatives of the bodies of local self-governing to adopt any resolutions which could imperil territorial integrity of Ukraine. Victor Yuschenko declared that the Committee of National Salvation of Ukraine requests instituting criminal proceedings against the governors – separatists. At the meeting of the National Council of Security and Defence, L. Kuchma also expressed his unsatisfaction with declarations of local leaders on separation of Eastern regions.

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