Special status of Donbas unlikely to be considered at nation-wide referendum, - Parliament Speaker

Source : 112 Ukraine

We've paid too much for the territory of Ukraine that is so far not under control of the Ukrainian government, Dmytro Razumkov says
17:56, 11 June 2020

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The issue of the special status of Donbas is unlikely to be considered at the all-Ukrainian referendum, even if the law on popular sovereignty is approved. Dmytro Razumkov, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, said so as quoted by the Ukrinform news agency.

"The changes that will emerge due to changing the territorial integrity of the state are not likely to be considered, all the more approved by the Ukrainian people. We've paid too much for the territory of Ukraine that is so far not under the control of the Ukrainian government", he said.

Referring to the "so far" part in that sentence, Razumkov said that "each of us should be doing everything for that "so far" to become shorter and shorter".

Related: Four-issue referendum and electronic voting: What the new bill proposes

The draft law on the popular rule in Ukraine appeared on the Parliament's werbsite on June 9. It was submitted by President Volodymyr Zelensky. The document offers holding referendums on the following issues: changes to Constitution (initiated by the President), changes of Ukraine's territorial composition (approved by the Parliament), solution of an issue of nation-wide importance, and the law that lost its effect. The referendums on the last two issues are supposed to be initiated by citizens.

Related: New bill. How Zelensky wants to hold referendums in Ukraine

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