Українська Держава (1918 р.)
Alleged Sekret agreement for protection of Ukrainians in Austria, 7 July, 1918 (“Neue Freie Presse”)
The Cracow “Nowa Reforma” publishes the alleged text of the pact concluded with the Ukrainians. The agreement reads:
“In view of the fact that the Ukrainians have granted to the minorities living in the Ukraine, and among the Poles, a far-reaching autonomy and the possibility of a cultural development, therefore, we also declare, in order to insure the national-cultural development of that part of the Ukrainian people who live within Austrian territory, and for the purpose of a closer connection between the States, that at the latest by 31 July, a bill will be introduced into Parliament dealing with the creation of a special crown-land from the Bukowina and that part of east Galicia which is preponderatingly inhabited by Ukrainians. The•Austrian Government will use all constitutional means at its disposal to the end that this bill may be given legal force through parliamentary action.”
“The Ukrainian newspaper “Dilo”, published in Lemberg, learns from a reliable source that the Hetman General Skoropadski, has informed the Austrian government that he attaches no value to the carrying out of the secret treaty regarding Galicia, and has released Austria from her obligations without even consulting his Ministry or the Foreign Minister.
“When the fact leaked out such excitement was caused that he was obliged to tell Count Burian that his step was illegitimate. Count Burian said he was unable to recognize the Hetman's new arguments. (London Times, 6 August, 1918, p.3.)”