Funeral ceremony for UN Ambassador Vitaly ChurkinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 10:35
Moscow appoints acting permanent representative to UN after Vitaly Churkin’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 8:25
Pentagon wants more senior-level talks with Russia on security of flights in Syria — mediaWorld February 24, 8:15
IAAF approves application of three Russians to compete as neutral athletesSport February 24, 1:43
US lawmakers present no evidence of Russia’s interference in US election - Russian MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:42
Russia to continue strengthen its Armed Forces - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:37
4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:31
Opposition’s demand of Assad’s immediate resignation absurd - Russian envoy to GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 16:34
Moscow celebrates Defender of the Fatherland DaySociety & Culture February 23, 16:19
KIEV, June 2. /TASS/. Ukraine’s constitutional reform "threatens to turn into a grandiose sham," leader of the Ukrainian Choice public movement Viktor Medvedchuk said on Tuesday.
According to him, the draft prepared by the constitutional commission does not envisage refusal of excessive centralization and practically does not change the existing system of relations between the central and local authorities. And "there is not a word in the new Constitution draft about granting a special status to separate districts of Donbass, in accordance with the Minsk agreements," Medvedchuk said.
Meanwhile, "not only DPR and LPR, but also Western partners, as well as representatives of authoritative foreign institutions have recently demanded that official Kiev conduct a real, and not just declarative constitutional reform," the statement says.
However, there is the risk that the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine will fail to meet the deadline for the consideration of constitutional changes concerning power decentralization, Medvedchuk said. "Changes must be adopted in line with all the procedures as required by the law before the end of the second session of the eighth Rada, that is, before July 15. To be able to get the Venice Commission conclusion, the MPs must submit the Constitution draft to it in early June - which is next to impossible," he said.
"Ukraine needs a Constitution that would correspond to present-day realities and that would reflect aspirations of the whole Ukrainian society and not its ruling establishment. Only this can save us," Medvevchuk said.
Ukraine’s constitutional reform is one of the key provisions of the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian settlement, along with ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, heavy weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbass.