Denis Pushilin’s statement on Ukraine’s violations of the Minsk agreements’ paragraphs

We are sincerely glad that numerous appeals to the world community to put pressure upon the Ukrainian side at last took effort. But a rigid framework in which US partners put the Ukrainian President will not lead to constructive solutions, but to the next fake implementation of the Minsk agreements.

The adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Law on Elections and the amendments to the constitution of Ukraine which are not coordinated with representatives of the Donetsk and Luhansk National Republics prescribed by the Package of measures for implementation of the Minsk agreements of February 12, 2015, cannot be considered as implementation of peace arrangements. Such a law will not be accepted by the Donbass, no elections will be held according to this law, such actions will be regarded as a flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements.

The issue of decentralization, to consolidate the special status it is in the body of the Constitution, and not in the transitional provisions is fundamental for us. Moreover, even the Venice Commission recommended that Ukraine is an option – fastening of these amendments in the Art. 133.

We remind once again that Ukraine should make all the changes in coordination with the Donbass, otherwise we will consider these initiatives as another attempt to simulate the Minsk agreements.

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

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