Mykhaylo Dobkin is the Party of Regions’ candidate at the presidential elections in Ukraine. He has been a staunch supporter of the last president, Viktor Yanukovich and even within his own party is regarded as a radical pro-Russian, unable to deal with the pro-European population in eastern Ukraine.
Mykhaylo Dobkin said:
“No referendum will remove the issues that exist in our society today. I think that changing the constitution of Ukraine to delegate more power to the local level is the only way to preserve the integrity and stability of our state.
“You know, from watching the US and Germany, we can see that federalism is a very successful way of governing a state. Perhaps, Ukraine has not come to the point where this could be done here. That is why we can look at the experience of Italy, which is a unitary state where the regions have broad powers.
“I reject the possibility that the Russian Federation could lay claim to any part of mainland Ukraine. I think that Crimea is a problem where the final full stop has not yet been written.”
The presidential elections are to be held on 25th May.