The issue of returning the temporarily occupied territories - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is considered exclusively as a whole. It was stated by Ihor Yaremenko, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
"Now, when we talk about occupied territories, we consider Crimea and Donbas in a comprehensive manner. It is the combination of these two cases that gives us an advantage in the future in the direction of de-occupation of these territories," Yaremenko noted.
According to him, the Ministry of Reintegration constantly emphasizes the need for safe reintegration, which means resolving security issues as the first step towards a further settlement of the conflict.
He also stressed that the issue of returning Donbas along with Crimea is on the agenda.
As we reported earlier, Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov believes that it is impossible to reintegrate Donbas in just a few years - this process may take up to several decades.
"Yes, I continue to say that full-fledged reintegration will take at least 25 years, at least one generation. This is my belief," Reznikov noted.
According to him, allegations that the reintegration of Donbas is possible in a year or two arise from a misunderstanding of the situation.