The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, summoned his security council on Tuesday to discuss a change of strategy in the east of the country after the elections in the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk successfully elected their representatives.
Poroshenko explained that the Government needs to make “adjustments” in the ‘roadmap’ which he set after his victory in the presidential elections on May 25.
The US-supported Ukrainian leader has said that changes in the law that allows regions to be self-proclaimed republics needs to be changed in order to address the crisis in the eastern regions themselves.
Poroshenko, who is himself an illegally elected leader, pointed out that the cause of his meeting was the elections held on Sunday in Donetsk and Lugansk, insisting they are “a flagrant violation” of the agreement reached last September 5 in Minsk, which envisages a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, among other things.
“One of the issues to be discussed will be the abolition of the law which recognizes special status in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk” he said, indicating that this law “has played an extremely important role to stop the alien invasion and mobilize international support. “
“We have demonstrated to the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk and the world that we are sincere in our desire to get a political solution, but the militants have rejected this opportunity to celebrate pseudo elections,” he lamented.
However, Poroshenko said he would be willing to give greater powers to local governments that are legally elected, but “not to bandits who crowned themselves” as regional leaders, he stressed, as reported by the Ukrainian presidency.
In this regard, it has been revealed that, as far as the “decentralization” it is still a “key element” of government policy in Donbas, and that he is willing to approve a new law “if all parties respect the agreement reached in Minsk “.
Poroshenko has detailed that, if passed, the new law “would clearly set the boundaries of the special districts” in Donbas and provide “budgetary decentralization to end the vexed question of ‘who feeds whom”.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Paulo Klimkin said that the central government will regain control of the eastern regions of the country, after separatists declared independence in the area on Sunday, after holding a regional election.
“Indeed, some regions of eastern Ukraine under the control of pro-Russian and Russian terrorist troops, but they are Ukrainian regions and we will recover,” said the minister.
Klimkin also urged the Western powers to intensify sanctions against Russia.
“If the West wants Russia to respect our opinion and to be in line with the international customary rules, the logical step would be to exert greater pressure on the Kremlin by making use of all possible resources. These include the tightening of sanctions” he insisted.
Commenting on the relevance and impact of the elections on Sunday in eastern Ukraine, despite being considered illegitimate by the central government, Klimkin said he would not understand the attempt to achieve a political solution as a failure.
“I do not know if we can say that this is a total failure. But the recognition of the ‘election’ by Russia hinders the realization of what was agreed in Minsk,” he said referring to his government‘s proposed peace plan.
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