Russia has reacted to the Donbas reintegration law coming into force in Ukraine today. They called it a sentence to the Minsk process, according to the statement of Russia’s MFA.
“On Feb. 24, 2018, a scandalous law of the so-called “reintegration of Donbas” has cone into force. In this way, Kyiv has ultimately confirmed its aim at a military solution of the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. Having signed this law, Petro Poroshenko has de-facto crossed out the Minsk agreements, untying the hands of the “party of the war,” the statement says.
At the same time, Russian Foreign Ministry added that up until this day, there had been hope of a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “However, a miracle didn’t happen. By the signature of a pen, the President of Ukraine basically signed the sentence to the Minsk “complex of measures,” the Russian MFA said.
The practical application of this law, according to Russia, threatens to result in a serious escalation of the developments in the South-East of Ukraine. “The document creates the conditions for a forceful seizure of the uncontrolled by Kyiv territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, legalizes deploying of the Ukrainian Army against peaceful civilians,” Russia claimed.
The Donbas reintegration law defines Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied territories as the territories over which Russia’s armed groups and Russian occupation administration have established control (including land, water, subsoil and air). According to President Poroshenko, this law does not violate any of Ukraine's international commitments, including Minsk agreements - 'despite Russia's intentions to put it this way’.
The law also declares the political and diplomatic ways as the main ways of resolving the conflict and restoring the sovereignty of Ukraine.