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Ukraine’s Interior Minister discloses his plan on Donbas reintegration

According to Avakov, it is impossible to reintegrate the whole occupied territory
12:33, 16 April 2018

Ukraine's Interior Ministry

Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine announced his plan on the reintegration of occupied territories of Donbas as Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

According to him, it is impossible to reintegrate the whole occupied territory. Due to this, Avakov offers to begin with the particular areas.

‘Here is a plan: the UN peacekeepers are deployed at the border of conditional city Horlivka or rural Novoazovsk region. The blue helmets and the Ukrainian border guards take the border with the occupied territory under control. The bodies of the Ukrainian justice enter the returned territory and hold the election according to our law’, he said.

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The minister admits that the joint patrolling of the Interior Ministry and local territorial units delegated by the local district councils can take place in Horlivka after its returning under Ukrainian control.

‘Such experience in the transition situations took place in Croatia. It is an extremely serious police function that can cause the conflicts and nuances of the transition period. But it is much better than the head-on collisions. A compromise is always a compromise’, he added.

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According to his plan, the attention should be paid to the infrastructure.

‘Then the restoration of the infrastructure and increase of the quality of life of people in occupation will take place. The restoration of the water supply, electricity, restoration of the school, issuance of the Ukrainian passports should take place. However, there is also a nuance as the level of a check of the people from the occupied territories should be special to not issue the Ukrainian passports to anybody, only to the Ukrainian citizens’, the minister thinks.

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According to him, the next step should become the taking of another five regions under control.

‘There will the nuances connected with the peculiarities of the transition period. The people from occupied territories will be disqualified in the right for an election of central authority bodies, such as parliament, president. But it is a usual international experience’, Avakov noted.

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As we reported, the law On the specifics of the state policy on ensuring state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, known as Donbas reintegration law came into force on February 24.

The law declares the political and diplomatic ways as the main ways of resolving the conflict and restoring the sovereignty of Ukraine.

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