Ukrainian Minister for Reintegration of the Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov reminded it was impossible to enshrine the special status of Donbas in the Constitution of Ukraine. He stated this in an interview with Hromadske.radio.
“Earlier, the Russian side said that a special status should be enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine. But no special status of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and any other regions can be in the Constitution of Ukraine!” Reznikov said.
He stressed that the task for the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group is to discuss the legal aspects of the Minsk agreements, including the law ‘On the peculiarities of local self-government in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,’ which means “status.” He reminded that such a law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of the last cadence, and its effect was extended until December 31 of this year by the current parliament. This is an element of the Minsk agreements,” the minister said.
In addition, according to him, there were no ultimatums on changes to the Constitution of Ukraine from the Russian side during the talks in Berlin, as previously reported by the German agency Der Spiegel. In particular, it was reported, with reference to a document the Profie Investigation Center received from Russian government circles, the Kremlin requires Kyiv to develop a draft amendment to the Constitution by July 6 to establish special local self-government in certain regions of Donbas.