Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Results of the sitting of the group on political issues (October 16)

17 October 2018
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The position of the Ukrainian negotiators in the political group is still counterproductive, and none of the political points of the Package of Measures has been fulfilled by the Ukrainian party. Constitutional reform has not been carried out, the amnesty of the parties, provided for in paragraph 5 of the Package of Measures, has not been carried out and even the procedure for its implementation in Minsk has not been made, the law on the special status of Donbass has not entered into force: another formal extension of its validity did not change anything. The main articles prescribing the investment of certain territories with special powers remain blocked, and the only order of putting them into effect, the Steinmeier’s formula, Ukraine refuses to consider.
Another obstacle in the negotiation process is the aggressive reaction of Ukraine to the upcoming elections of Heads and Parliaments in the Republics. Without fulfilling a single political point of the Minsk agreements, representatives of Kiev are trying to find excuses in the announced elections, which do not contradict the
Package of Measures, do not relate to the Minsk process and are a necessary measure that arose as a result of the assassination of the DPR Head, Alexander Zakharchenko.
Under such conditions, the DPR Plenipotentiary in the Contact group once again emphasized the importance of a constructive search for a mechanism to unblock the work of a political group, for which it is necessary to comply with the approved agenda and discuss, above all, the compromise procedure for the enactment of the law on the special status of Donbass and the implementation of amnesty.