Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, explaining the idea of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on patrolling of the situation in case of holding elections in Donbas, excluded the possibility of involvement of criminals and militants in this process, as Ukrinform reported.
“We proceed from the premise that the Ukrainian police, Interior Ministry of Ukraine, Ukrainian justice will stay there in full compliance with the law: the police in full armor will be the key players in this field. But, respecting the transitional period and fears of the territorial communities, we are ready to involve people delegated by these new communities to the patrolling. People who involved in the crimes, people who shot at our soldiers, will not participate in such groups anyway; it is our principal position,” Avakov said.
Referring to the experience of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk towns, the minister supposed that the militants and criminals will be forced to leave Donbas along with the occupation troops. Their crimes will be investigated according to the Ukrainian laws, within the investigative bodies subordinated to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.
Avakov underlined that there is no issue about joint patrolling of the border; Ukraine wishes to control its state border and it does not need having any assistants or advisers.
On February 15, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine agreed to joint border control with representatives of the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as a condition for holding local elections in Donbas.
Earlier Volodymyr Zelensky announced his readiness for dialogue with the population that lives in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, but not with the so-called ‘power’ in the occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk region.