Ukraine offers to create free economic zone in Donbas for 30 years

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine plans to hold elections in occupied Donbas on March 31, 2021
18:40, 5 November 2020

Ukraine's ex-President Leonid Kravchuk

Ukraine offers to create a free economic zone in Donbas for 30 years as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk.

“Without it (free economic zone) it is impossible to restore the economy there (in Donbas). This free economic zone, according to our vision, should act approximately until 2050. The calculations show that this time will allow putting Donbas region in the normal state,” Kravchuk said.

Related: Ukraine develops action plan on cessation of conflict in Donbas, - official

Earlier, Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG Leonid Kravchuk stated that the Joint Action Plan, prepared by the Ukrainian side for the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), contains a proposal on the full and complete cessation of the conflict in Donbas and the demilitarization of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in early 2021 in order to create all necessary conditions for holding local elections there on March 31, 2021.  

"The first thing we propose to do is to stop the armed conflict and carry out the full demilitarization of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This is where we need to start. Namely, all armed groups, mercenaries, weapons - everything must be withdrawn from this territory, illegal armed groups must be disbanded. And this must be done in early 2021," he said.

According to the official, after that Ukraine must take control of the border and ensure normal life in these areas.

Related: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reveals term for holding of elections in occupied Donbas

On October 25, the local elections took place at all levels in Ukraine for the first time ever. The citizens voted for the representatives in the local and regional councils and heads of village and city councils.

According to the Central Election Commission, the voter turnout at this year’s local elections was 36.88%.

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