23 January 2019, 18:54


Pasechnik: Poroshenko rejects Donbass special status in Minsk-2 denial

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LUGANSK, January 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko is trying to avoid the Minsk Agreements fulfillment by rejecting the right of Ukrainians to speak Russian, said LPR head Leonid Pasechnik in his statement on Wednesday.

Earlier, Poroshenko has dismissed any possibility of Donbass acquiring a special status within Ukraine though it is one of the most important provisions of the Minsk Agreemnts. Poroshenko said the Ukrainian constitution does not provide "for any kind of federations and special statuses".

"His words show that he is trying to avoid the Minsk Agreements fulfillment," Pasechnik said.

"Kiev authorities impose totalitarian regime and ban Russian showing they are not going for a peaceful settlement. Kiev proves it shelling our territory regularly."

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 Resolution 2202 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 — 23 January — Lugansk