Ukraine is irrevocably lost to Russian dominance within a “Russkiy mir,” but peace and improved relations is still possible. US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker said this in his speech during the United States Senate hearings.
He said this at the meeting of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation to discuss ‘Five Years After the Revolution of Dignity: Ukraine's Progress/Russia's Malign Activities.’ The session was held on June 18, 2019.
Kurt Volker mentioned the possibility of implementing a special status for the region under Ukraine’s constitution, however after Russia withdraws its forces and disarms the illegal armed groups.
“While we are open to supporting initial confidence-building steps, we are also focused on the central elements of Minsk implementation, starting with the ceasefire, withdrawal of foreign forces, the disarming of the illegal armed groups, and creating a situation of security in the Donbas so that additional political steps that are also part of Minsk can be taken. These include amnesty for people who’ve committed crimes as part of the conflict, implementing a so-called special status for the region under Ukraine’s constitution, and holding local elections, resulting in the peaceful reintegration of this territory with the rest of Ukraine,” he said.
“I am willing to meet with them to discuss a way forward, if Russia is serious about making progress. I told the Russians that a good first step would be for Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and vessels it seized during its unjustified attack near the Kerch Strait, which would be in keeping with the recent provisional order of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea,” he added.
My opening remarks @SenateForeign:— Kurt Volker (@SpecRepUkraine) 18 июня 2019 г.
After a dangerous 5 years, time is now on Ukraine’s side after strengthening its military resilience, consolidating its Western orientation, & reforming its economy. We have a strong, stable policy that we can sustain until Russia chooses peace. pic.twitter.com/hD0rTMHpkc