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23 November 2020, 21:01

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Kiev's bill on internment camps is itmus test for the European Union - Miroshnik

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LUGANSK, November 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukraine's bill on internment of Russian citizens, designated as dangerous by the Ukraine's Security Service, is a litmus test for the European Union, LPR representative in the subgroup Rodion Miroshnik said speaking an online press conference organized by the TASS News agency.

Ukrainian cabinet of ministers tabled a bill to the Parliament to allow temporary internment of nationals of an aggressor state or a state that threatens with an attack for the period of military action. The bill empowers the HQ to intern POW, while security service is tasked with locating such nationals.

According to Miroshnik, the draft law allows detention and forceful internment of foreign nationals comes as Kiev's reaction to Donbass citizens receiving Russian passports, as the number of Donbass residents with Russian IDs approaches half a million.

"The mere submission of the bill on internment camps is a test for European guarantors of the Minks Agreements (France and Germany), a litmus test for the civilized Europe,"

Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 23 November — Lugansk