Ukraine

Donbas militants: changes to law on special status for Donbas is the main threat to peace process

17 march 2015 | 11:00

"DPR" and "LPR" do not recognize the changes to the law offered by the President of Ukraine. 

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Pushylin says there will be new victims
"DPR" and "LPR" claim that any changes in the text of the law on the special status for the Donbas, which are not agreed with the militants, will make it invalid and will jeopardize the peace process in the region.

According to "DPR's" envoy, Denis Pushylin, commenting the situation to Interfax, the law "on the special status of Donbass, adopted in September 2014, is generally consistent with the negotiating position of "DPR" and "LPR" and had been agreed with the self-proclaimed republics in Minsk during the consultations.

"Any amendment to the law, made by the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, will not be recognized by the "republics." They are, in our view, legally and politically meaningless and directly violate the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements, both the September protocol and the set of February 12 measures," –commented Pushylin.

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According to him, Minsk process is actually interrupted since its basis, the law on the special status for the Donbas, was basically cancelled by President Poroshenko's amendments.

"He does not respect the people of Donbas, does not want peace, so he will get war. And the new victims will be his responsibility and the responsibility of Turchinov and Yatsenyuk, with whom he comes up with the new tricks so not to adhere to the Minsk agreements," – added Pushylin.

On the eve, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko introduced amendments to the law on special status to certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts to the Parliament. The new bill stipulates that the law "on the special status" will take effect after the early elections held under the Constitution of Ukraine with adherence to free and transparent elections and electoral process publicity and openness... with a mandatory compliance to the OSCE standards of democratic elections."

Source: Interfax

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