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DPR: Poroshenko’s statement about Donbass’ reintegration into unitary Ukraine is wish-wash

April 11, 2015, 1:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Minsk agreements Poroshenko is interpreting in the light of the Nazi doctrine, Zakharchenko said
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MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. Head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic /DPR/ Alexander Zakharchenko said on Friday Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s statements about Donbass’ reintegration into the unitary Ukraine were mere "wish-wash."

"Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has made another notorious statement. He said that Ukrainian would be the only state language and the country would remain a unitary state. With all that, Ukraine would reintegrate Donbass peacefully, through a political process, by means of elections in Donetsk and Lugansk," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

Poroshenko, according to the DPR head, "is uttering words for their own sake." "Direct talks with Donbass, a constitutional reform in Ukraine, decentralization of power, disarming of illegal paramilitary groups - that’s what is provided by the Minsk agreements. But it looks like Poroshenko is interpreting them in the light of the Nazi doctrine: one nation, one language, one country," Zakharchenko said.

Since there was no Poroshenko’s signature under the Minsk accords, his words were mere "wish-wash," Zakharchenko added.

The Minsk agreements

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE adopted a memorandum on September 19, 2014 in Minsk. The document outlined the parameters for the implementation of commitments on ceasefire in Ukraine laid down in the Minsk Protocol of September 5, 2014. The nine-point memorandum in particular envisioned a ban on the use of all armaments and withdrawal of weapons with the calibers of over 100 millimeters to a distance of 15 kilometers from the contact line from each side. The OSCE was tasked with controlling the implementation of memorandum provisions.

Marathon talks between the Normandy Four leaders - Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko - in Minsk on February 12 yielded a package of agreements, which in particular envisaged ceasefire between the Ukrainian conflicting sides starting from midnight on February 15.

Concurrently, the Belarusian capital hosted a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine involving Ukraine’s ex-president Leonid Kuchma, Kiev’s special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk, the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics /DPR and LPR/ Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, and Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and OSCE’s envoy Heidi Tagliavini, both acting as mediators.

As a result, a package of measures was adopted to implement the Minsk agreements. A separate provision of the document binds to carry out a constitutional reform in Ukraine by the end of 2015. The key element of this reform is to be decentralization.

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