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MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has called on the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to impose sanctions against Ukrainian officials and companies involved in the military operation in the Donbas region, Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Andrey Purgin said on Thursday.
"The Ukrainian armed forces continue massive artillery bombardments of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics destroying houses, hospitals and killing civilians daily. I appeal to the BRICS leaders with a demand to impose sanctions against Ukrainian officials and companies involved in the terror of the people of Donbas," the Donetsk news agency quotes him as saying.
Purgin noted that "Poroshenko was rapidly approaching ‘the point of no return’ when no one could convince Donbas of Ukraine’s ability to negotiate."
He also commented on the amendments submitted to the Ukrainian Constitution.
"Poroshenko has offered the Verkhovna Rada his amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution. Once again grossly violating the Minsk agreement, without coordinating with Donbas and even without submitting the draft amendments to the Contact Group, he, together with [Verkhovna Rada speaker Volodymyr] Groysman, has shown the value of the word he pledged in Minsk. For Ukraine, the obligations it has undertaken have no significance whatsoever, it doesn’t care about residents of Donbas. Nor does it care about the efforts of the international mediators from Germany, France and Russia," he said.
According to Purgin, "Rada supported the submission of Poroshenko’s amendments to the Constitutional Court, and the voting took place in the presence of high-ranking foreign colleagues unrelated to the Minsk peace process."
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada earlier sent to the Constitutional Court the draft constitutional amendments on decentralization. With the necessary 226 votes to pass the decision 288 lawmakers voted for it.