Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin informed about the lack of pressure from other countries in the matter of entering changes to the Constitution regarding the special status of Donbass, reports Ukrainian news Agency.
Proposed by the President of amendments to the Constitution provide that the Special status of Donbass will be determined by a separate legislative act. The law on local government in areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions was first adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, however, for its entry into force it is necessary the implementation of a number of conditions. For example, prescribes that certain areas of Donbass beyond the control of Kiev, will be endowed with a special status only After the local elections according to the laws of Ukraine and under the supervision of international observers. The law also reported to to allow elections need a withdrawal of all illegal armed groups and military equipment from the territory of the country. A special procedure is introduced for a time, for a period of 3 years from the date of entry into force of this law.
Ukrainian media reported that the changes to special status made under pressure from the West.
Klimkin said that the Constitution as the Law of Ukraine, is only the prerogative of the people of Ukraine.
"for this reason, the story is not about some kind of pressure, but the understanding of giving a special status to those who currently supplied by Russia's military way to illegally control the Donbass, and those whom the Donbass, individual citizens, elected for a peaceful, free and fair election conducted according to the criteria of the OSCE. It is of such a status is the question, " Klimkin said at a press conference on Thursday.
However, he clarified that this idea laid in the Parliament adopted the Law on local self-government in those territories, which at the time controlled by the militias.
"Again I stress that any conversation about a special status for Ukrainian Donbass region, where the Ukrainian legal field and who will guide those whom Ukrainians, who live in the Donbass, will elect in the end of free and fair elections ", - said Klimkin.
Ukraine's Parliament on Thursday, according to the procedure, sent the draft changes to the Constitution to the constitutional court.
at rallies in early April of this past year the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, do not recognise the legitimacy of the February coup, announced the development of " people's republics ". After held in may referendum of the Republic declared its sovereignty and later formed the Union of " new Russia ", put together their own authorities. Against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of Donbas the Ukrainian authorities began in April last year a military operation. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict were about 6, 5 thousand people.
Russia fundamentally denies allegations of involvement in the Ukrainian domestic conflict, stating that it is not a party to it and that the Russian troops in Ukraine " was not ". Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is interested in Ukraine rather overcame political and economic crisis. In the capital of Russia noted that all charges against her of meddling in the Ukrainian crisis unproven.