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Denis Pushilin’s statement on true objectives of ‘reintegration’ bill announced by Ukrainian authorities

A new initiative by Ukrainian politicians (draft law on the State Policy for the restoration of State sovereignty) is an attempt to legalize the commencement of full-scale hostilities in Donbass.

The change of operation status from “ATO” to a military one and, as a consequence, the transfer of coordination from the Security Service of Ukraine to an established operational headquarters, to which all military, civilian or military administrations will be subordinated, gives the Ukrainian president the right to engage in war alone. Which, in fact, takes the shackles of Kiev completely.

Under the eloquent arguments of the Ukrainian politicians on the need to breathe new life into the Minsk process and to take care of ordinary citizens, the official authorities of Ukraine are attempting to organize open and full-scale hostilities.

Without a shadow of a doubt and shame to its own people, Ukraine follows a well-trodden path by NATO, covering its intentions with ambitious humanitarian objectives. In fact, the humanitarian component of the bill will be negligible. This is just another line in the long list of ‘victories’ of the Ukrainian president. It is clear that the improvements in social and economic governance embodied in the bill and the promises made by the Ukrainian deputies and politicians are merely a nervous reaction to the humanitarian programme for the reunification of the Donbass people, which has been successfully implemented by the Republics.

The programme benefited thousands of residents of Donbass, who live in the territory controlled by Ukraine. By the drafting and adoption of this bill, Ukraine violates the rights of residents of Donbass living in the territory temporarily controlled by Ukraine. The expansion of the powers of the Ukrainian president, the imposition of martial law would allow the rights of citizens to be violated with impunity, including the right to vote in elections and the right to hold elections themselves. It is no secret to us how the Ukrainian authorities treat Donbass, and therefore we have no doubt about the methods and modalities of ‘reintegration’ they will act on.

Denis Pushilin, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the permanent plenipotentiary representative of the DPR in the Contact group at negotiations in Minsk

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