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Ukraine PM against Donetsk and Luhansk republics' legalisation

September 17, 2014, 15:11 UTC+3 KIEV
Kiev's Verkhovna Rada parliament voted on Tuesday to give three years of self-rule status to certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions
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KIEV, September 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseni Yatsenyuk said on Wednesday he is against granting legal status to the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

"Noone will allow legalisation of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.This is my political position," he said after Kiev's Verkhovna Rada parliament voted on Tuesday to give three years of self-rule status to certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions.

Ukraine's government will finance all expenses for reconstruction of eastern region territory where armed conflict between government forces and local militias has caused destruction in past months, he said. "We pay all social benefits and salaries where we control the territory although the population does not pay taxes.

Yatsenyuk called into question some provisions of the law on a special status for the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which the national parliament, the Verkhovna Rada issued in the light of an agreement on ceasefire in the country’s war-torn eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

As he spoke at a session of the government, he mentioned the provision on setting up of people’s police in the parts of the two regions that were controlled by self-defence forces opposing the Kiev government.

“I’ve read what is said in that law,” Yatsenyuk said. “The cabinet didn’t take part either in the talks or in the process of drafting. I declare hereby that any armed units should operate without the boundaries of law and the jurisdiction of Ukrainian law should cover all the servicemen in this country.”

He also cast doubts over the clause on election to local agencies of power in the areas controlled by self-defence forces, which he said did not have either the appropriate conditions meeting Ukrainian legislation or international standards.

“The cabinet of minister has an instruction to finance these elections should they be appointed by the Central Election Commission,” Yatsenyuk said. “Otherwise this will be tantamount to legitimization of gangsters.”

The law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada earlier this month granted a special /de facto autonomous/ status to separate areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions for a period of three years. The law stipulated the holding of local elections there on December 7.

Also, it granted residents of the areas the right to use Russian and any other languages freely and spelt out a separate regime for economic and investment operations.





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