Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Comment by Natalia Nikonorova regarding the extension of the law on the special status of Donbass

13 December 2019
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Although today the Ukrainian Parliament has extended the formal duration of the law on Donbass special status until the end of next year, its essential provisions still remain blocked. In fact, this law has not been in force for a day, as the previous government had deliberately introduced preconditions for its entry into force, which is fundamentally contrary to the Package of Measures. 

We again draw attention to the fact that one extension of the formal first article of the law on special status is not enough. For the full implementation of the political measures Kiev in coordination with the Republics' representatives needs to implement a number of activities: implement the Steinmeier's formula in the text of the law, eliminate the locking conditions, amend it to comply with current Ukrainian legislation, carry out constitutional reform with the purpose of giving permanent special status. At the same time, we remind the Ukrainian party that three days ago in Paris  President Zelensky himself officially confirmed not only his commitment to the Minsk agreements, but also Ukraine's readiness to agree with us on all legal aspects of the special status of Donbass.