KIEV, April 28. /TASS/. Ukraine has demanded Russia revoke its decision to simplify the procedure of granting Russian citizenship to people living in Donbass.
"In the interests of the implementation of the political block, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin should revoke his decrees on illegal issuance of passports to Ukrainians," Irina Gerashchenko, the first deputy speaker of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament), wrote on her Facebook account on Sunday.
Apart from that, Gerashchenko, who also represents Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement in Donbass, said that her country had implemented its liabilities under the political block of the Minsk agreements when it adopted corresponding laws and blamed Russia for the failure to implement this block.
"As a matter of fact, Ukraine has implemented the political block Putin has always been placing an emphasis on. We have passed an amnesty law (which, by the way, is not applicable to terrorists and murderers, but covers those erring) and a law on specifics of local self-government. But these laws have not been enforced because of Russia," she noted ignoring however provision five of the Package of Measures on the implementation of the Minsk agreement of February 12, 2015 which grants amnesty to all participants in the developments in Donbass.
She also demanded Russia cancel its recognition of the elections in and documents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) and once again said that Kiev refuses to recognize the current authorities in these republics and will never embark on direct negotiations with Donetsk and Lugansk.
Peace settlement of the conflict in Donbass rests on the Package of Measures, known as Minsk-2, that was signed by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising senior representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the European security watchdog OSCE on February 12, 2015, after marathon 16-hour talks between the leaders of the Normandy Four nations, namely Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine. The 13-point document envisages a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk starting and subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also lays out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and a constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.
The Package of Measures was later approved by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2202. The UN Security Council called on all the parties to ensure its complete implementation.
These agreements that were initially planned to be implemented by the end of 2015 have not been fulfilled until now. The Ukrainian side has been dodging implementation of the package’s political provisions citing security problems as a reason.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing people living in the DPR and LPR to receive Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure. According to the document, the decision has been made "in order to protect human rights and freedoms" based on universally accepted international laws.