Pushilin named the key aspects for ending the conflict in Donbass

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The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin on Wednesday, January 20, said that the key aspects for achieving peace in Donbass are granting the region a special status and carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine.

Only after that can we talk about holding local elections, which the Ukrainian side insists on, for the sake of its interests forgetting about the above details of the political part of the Minsk agreements, he said.

“Although it is precisely these, inconvenient for Kiev, questions that are key, since they allow us to resolve precisely those aspects that caused the conflict in Donbass,” RIA Novosti quotes him.

Pushilin expressed confidence that Kiev is not interested in a transparent process of peace negotiations. In support of this, the head of the DPR recalled that the Ukrainian side has not yet officially confirmed its adherence to the Minsk agreements. At the same time, the process of political settlement, which is enshrined in them, requires a strict sequence of implementation of points and common efforts, since it is a multi-stage mechanism.

“In such conditions, it is completely premature to talk about local elections: first you need to decide whether the Minsk process as a whole has a future,” the politician said.

Earlier in the day, Pushilin said that the DPR was ready to hold a second referendum on self-determination. As it became known, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the self-proclaimed republic of the DPR Natalya Nikonorova appealed to the members of the UN Security Council with a proposal to hold an internationally recognized referendum in order to find out the desires of the people of Donbass.

The head of the DPR, in turn, stressed that the republic’s authorities are ready to assist any international observers in such a referendum. In addition, according to him, it is important to draw the attention of the world community to the commitment of Donbass to respect the norms and principles of international law.

After the coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014, an armed conflict broke out in the Donbass. Then the inhabitants of the region refused to recognize the new government, and Kiev launched a military operation against them. In April of the same year, a referendum on self-determination was held in Donbass, after which the creation of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) was announced.

The conflict continues to this day. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people were killed.

Negotiations on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass are being held in the trilateral contact group in Minsk (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE), as well as in the Normandy format (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France).

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