Verkhovna Rada’s of Ukraine
approval of the resolution on the definition of selected districts, cities,
towns and villages in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions where a special procedure
for local self-government is introduced, is a demonstration of Ukraine’s
dedication to Minsk agreements and the logic of the peace process.
Today's decisions of the Ukrainian Parliament pave the way
to free and fair elections in selected areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in
accordance with Ukrainian legislation and with strict adherence to the OSCE
standards for democratic elections monitored by the Office for Democratic
Institutions and Human Rights. Positively assessed by ODIHR OSCE elections held
in compliance with these requirements is the fundamental idea of the Minsk
agreements and integral part of stabilization process of the situation in
Please be reminded that the electoral farce on November 2,
2014 in Donbas which was not recognized by the international community
including the Russian Federation has disrupted the implementation of
the Minsk agreements signed on September 5 and 19, 2014 and made
impossible further development of the peace process. Instead of that any
attempts of Russia backed leaders to legitimize illegal formations in Donbas
which were created after November 2, 2014, were undermined by Verkhovna Rada’s of Ukraine approval of amendments to the Law
of Ukraine “On a Special Order of Local Government in Certain Regions of
Donetsk and Luhansk Areas”.
Along with the entire international community we hope that
the Russian Federation will use this opportunity to abandon the path of
aggression and terrorism and come back on the rails of peaceful settlement. We
expect the Kremlin authorities not to impede the democratic will expression and
to avoid any provocations.
For its part, Ukraine will continue to follow relentlessly
the spirit and provisions of the agreements signed in Minsk on September 2014
and February 2015 to bring back peace and stability to Ukrainian Donbas.