19 June 2017, 19:32


Kiev's law on reintegrating Donbass imitates implementation of agreements - Deinego

LUGANSK, June 19 (Lugansk Media Center) – The draft law on Donbass reintegration  that Ukraine is going to present at the Contact Group meeting, is aimed at mimicking agreements implementation, 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.

"We expect Kiev's representative Irina Geraschenko to try to deceive the public and the Minsk Agreements guarantors by showing up in Minsk with some document and immediately saying it has been approved by the Contact Group. They are most likely to take the path of wishful thinking."

"Geraschenko will say there is a draft law and beguile some with this paper, come back home and brag about having presented the draft law in Minsk. That's what I expect," Deinego said.

"Articles 9 and 11 of the Minsk Agreements clearly say that all issues of Donbass conflict settlement, including the special status of the region, decentralization, constitutional reform, amnesty, all these issues should be coordinated with Donbass representatives," Deinego added.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 19 June — Lugansk