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Kiev has 24 hours left to designate territories with special status in Donbas — DPR envoy

March 13, 2015, 9:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
If the mentioned decision is not taken within 24 hours, then the whole world will see that Kiev is not planning to stick to the road map agreed in Minsk, the DPR envoy to the Contact Group says
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MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Kiev authorities have just 24 hours left to designate the territories to enjoy a special status in eastern Ukraine, the envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic to the Contact Group, Denis Pushilin, said on Friday.

"Kiev has 24 hours left to comply with its commitments. If the mentioned decision is not taken within 24 hours, then the whole world will see that Kiev is not planning to stick to the road map agreed in Minsk," Pushilin told the Rossiya-24 TV channel.

Pushilin reminded that the important part of the February 12 set of measures on implementing the Minsk agreements is the political settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.

"This settlement has a clear step-by-step chronology. According to it, the Verkhovna Rada should by March 14 adopt a decision that will unveil the list of those areas in Donbas that will be subject to a special status," he added.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council on Thursday backed the decision on defining the borders of certain areas along the contact line where, in accordance with the Minsk agreements, a special self-governance order is introduced.

"For implementing this measure, a corresponding decree will be adopted by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada and amendments will be made to the above mentioned law [on order of local self-governance in particular areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions]," the statement said.

The next plenary meeting of the Ukrainian parliament is scheduled on March 17.

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