Zelensky's Office names condition for holding referendum on Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

The issue of Donbas won't be one of the first ones to be submitted for public vote
13:43, 31 May 2021

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At a recent press conference, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the main issue to be put to a referendum is the situation in Donbas. However, the President's Office predicts that the issue of Donbas is unlikely to be one of the first topics put to a referendum. Mykhailo Podolyak, an anti-crisis communications advisor to Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak, spoke about this in a comment to RBC-Ukraine.

The issue of Donbas won't be one of the first ones to be submitted for public vote.

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"Ukraine is doing everything possible to find a diplomatic path that will ensure a real long-lasting peace. If an all-Ukrainian referendum may become one of the stages on this path, it is necessary to take into account the fuses that are already fixed in the law that's been adopted," the official said.

According to Podolyak, a referendum on Donbas will be held if the negotiation process requires it.

Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered a bill No. 5512 on a local referendum.

The text of the document is not yet on the Rada's website, but the Verkhovna Rada's representative in the Constitutional Court, Olha Sovhyrya, named the main innovations of the project on her Telegram page.

According to the document, a local referendum is defined as a form of independent resolution by a territorial community of issues of local significance by direct voting.

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