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Amnesty of Donbas militants is possible only after election of legitimate authorities in occupied territories

Source : 112 Ukraine

Minsk Agreements state about the prevention of the prosecution of people who participated in the events in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014
16:33, 18 October 2019

Vasyl Bodnar
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

The complete or partial amnesty of the militants in Donbas may take place only after election of legitimate authorities in occupied territories as RBK-Ukraine reported citing Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar.

 According to him, Minsk Agreements state about the prevention of the prosecution of people who participated in the events in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014.

“Concerning the law on the amnesty. What is the stage of the elaboration of the law and whom it will concern? You know, there are to terms about which we talk today. The first one is the prevention of the prosecution of people who participated in the events in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014 as Minsk Agreements state it. The second one is the amnesty,” Bodnar said.

Bodnar noted that the Article 5 of the mention bill contains the exhaustive list of the articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine with crimes which do not fall within the law on the prevention of the prosecution.

“According to the law on the amnesty, the complete or partial exemption from punishment of persons recognized guilty in the commitment of the crimes in criminal matters or toward whom the trial takes place might be considered only after the election of legitimate authorities in occupied territories; in other words, the restoration of the sovereignty of Ukraine,” he noted.

Earlier Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko stated that the Steinmeier formula for the settlement of Donbas conflict does not provide for an amnesty for the militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

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