Successful implementation of the law on local government on territories of the occupied Donbas strongly depends on how Russia – the aggressor country – abides by its own international commitments. Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine posted that on Facebook.
‘The very possibility of executing the law about the local government in occupied Donbas is toughly stipulated by a number of conditions, which Russia, the occupant country, and its puppet regimes must live up to. First of all, we demand that Russian troops, illegal armed units and military vehicles be withdrawn from Ukraine. There is also a condition that the political processes should meet OSCE standards,’ Poroshenko wrote.
According to the head of the state, Ukraine takes Minsk agreements responsibly, which allows extending sanctions against Russia, the violator of the document. ‘Sanctions, in turn, considerably add to restraining the aggressor,’ he concluded.
Last week, the Ukrainian parliament extended the special order of local government in Donbas; the condition is, however, that Russia withdraws its troops and vehicles from the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 229 MPs supported the bill, with 226 necessary to pass.
Besides, the Parliament approved, in principle, the draft law on the re-integration of Donbas; after hot debates in the session hall on Thursday afternoon, MPs agreed to exclude the controversial reference to the Minsk agreements, which was mentioned in the document.