Ukraine President Says No Special Status for Donbass in Constitution

Ukraine | July 2, 2015, Thursday // 08:56|  views

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that a special status the country's Donbass region in the east will not be enshrined in the constitutional amendments prepared recently.

Poroshenko made the comment after submitting the amendments which boost regional competences aiming at decentralization, but falling short of the "federalization" which a vast part of the anti-government rebels operating in the Donbass have demanded since April.

The President, however, is quoted by Interfax Ukraine as saying that the project allows for a "specific kind of local self-rule in separate administrative and territorial units of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which will be determined by a separate law".

He believes this will be in line with the Minsk agreements. Signed in February between Kiev and Donbass rebels and brokered by Russia, Germany and France, the last deal includes boosting self-rule in the Donbass region as a key prerequisite to winding down tensions and ending hostilities.

In March, Ukraine's Parliament moved to recognize Donbass as "occupied territories", but also to create a list of regions where local-self rule can be applied.

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Tags: Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine, Poroshenko, Minsk agreement, Donbass, Donetsk, Luhansk, regions


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