Ukraine should extend law on special status of Donbas, - Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

If Kyiv suspends the action of the bill, Moscow will have legal grounds to claim that Ukraine does not want to live up to Minsk agreements, the U.S. Special Envoy says
09:25, 25 July 2018

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Ukraine adopted the bill on the special status of Donbas; but it doesn't work since Russia did nothing to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine's Affairs Kurt Volker said that as quoted by the Voice of America.

'I understand the disappointment of the Ukrainian lawmakers and the society. They did some necessary steps, such as passing the law on the special status and the amnesty law. Russia, on its part, did nothing to bring the conflict to an end, to withdraw the troops', the official said.

He admitted that the law was adopted, but never actually implemented.

'There's actually no special status. It won't start working until there's an agreement, until Russia withdraws troops and local elections take place', Volker added. 'I don't see any harm in renewing the bill. Nothing will change from today till the moment when it's extended. I don't think there's any harm. On the other hand, Russia will use the suspension of the law as a reason to complain about Ukraine's behavior. They'll say Ukraine doesn't want to live up by Minsk agreement. So just don't give Russia that kind of argument'.

As we reported, on July 24, Russian militants landed 33 attacks on the positions of Ukraine's government forces. No casualties were reported among the Ukrainian troops.

According to the HQ of the Joint Forces Operation, the enemy used Minsk-banned weapons three times.

Militants opened fire in the areas of Krymske, Zolote, Luhanske, Pivdenne, Novhorodske, Zalizne, Avdiivka, Mariinka, Opytne, Pisky, Novotroitske, Vodyane, Pavlopol, Talakivka, Lebedynske and Shyrokyne. 

The occupant forces used 120-mm mortars near Vodyane and Lebeydnske; 122-mm artillery shells hit Lebedynske, too.

One enemy fighter sustained combat wounds over the mentioned period of time.

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