Wednesday, June 22 2016 12:40 EEST
Poroshenko explains terms for adoption of special status for Donbass
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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that any changes to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization and the so-called special status of the Donbass can be made only after the withdrawal of Russian troops.

He mentioned this during a recent interview with a French TV-channel.

'In my opinion, everything is very obvious and is based on the logic of the Minsk agreements, that is, consists of several parts. The first priority is safety. This means that we must have a real ceasefire. Unfortunately, the situation at the place is not like this,' he says answering the question, why there still are no changes in the Constitution.

'Ukraine has withdrawn part of its weapons and is cooperating with the OSCE’s mission, which has stressed that Ukraine fulfills its obligations. At the same time, Russia continues to supply weapons and ammunition through uncontrolled part of the borders moving its troops with the only one aim to provide the stable escalation of the situation,' Poroshenko said.

According to him, 'it is obvious that there are preconditions (of the Minsk agreements - Ed.) to change the Constitution.'

'Russian troops must be withdrawn from the territory of Ukraine. The OSCE’s mission should have access to uncontrolled parts of the Russian-Ukrainian border and other areas where it is critically important to provide withdrawal of heavy equipment and weapons,' Poroshenko noted.

'We’ll be able to start working on organization of elections just after the implementation of these preconditions. Another matter is that these elections should be free, democratic and fair, but it seems impossible due to the current situation,' the president said.

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