Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova commented a statement of the Ukraine’s President on Donbass special status

22 January 2019
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Today’s statement by the Ukraine’s President contradicts a peace settlement agreement and is nothing more than a populist attempt to raise its rating for the election campaign. This statement is especially cynical on the anniversary of Bosse tragedy, where due to the shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces 8 people were killed and more than 20 were injured.

We once again would like to emphasize that the granting of the Donbass special status is a basis of political settlement prescribed in the Package of Measures, without which it will be impossible to resume peace. Moreover, the question of enacting the law on the special status of Donbass is the main issue on the agenda of political group in Minsk, which Ukrainian representatives have been discussing for almost three years.

The Ukrainian president should return from the world of his illusions to surrounding reality, where he signed the Declaration in support of the Package of Measures, which was also approved by the UN Security Council. It means that this document is subject to compulsory implementation. Therefore, we urge Kiev to be more attentive to its obligations and to finally begin the implementation, stopping to delay the negotiation process.