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21 June 2017, 16:38

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Kiev's "Donbass reintegration" initiative runs counter Minsk Agreements - Deinego

LUGANSK, June 21 (Lugansk Media Center) – Kiev's draft law on Donbass reintegration runs counter the Minsk Agreements, said LPR envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego.

Ukrainian lawmakers plan to hold first reading of the draft law on Donbass reintegration prepared following president Petr Poroshenko's order, who said the document is to provide measures to re-establish Donbass within Ukraine and to define its legal status. Some MPs said the draft law introduces martial law in the so-called 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' zone and gives control over the military to a committee led by the president.

"Substituting the special status with some other substance, introducing martial law instead of peace process is a direct violation of the Minsk Agreements," Deinego said.

"Any steps in this direction sway Ukraine away from the Minsk process."

"This reintegration initiative leads only to unlimited powers of the commander-in-chief, who is the Ukrainian president. "

"Everyone should understand it and by everyone I mean the EU-integration allies, Ukrainian citizens, the OSCE SMM."

"By substituting the so-called anti-terrorist operation by some kind of a martial law Kiev prepares ground for another outbreak of military actions, while saying they do it for reintegration and humanitarian purposes."

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

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 adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 21 June — Lugansk