January 18, 2018 – FRN –
The law on Reintegration of Donbass adopted by the Verkhovna Rada today, violates the Minsk agreements and will “untie the hands” of the Ukrainian army – said the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko.
“Poroshenko said that the law will allow them to return us to Ukraine more quickly. In his understanding, this law will untie the hands of the Ukrainian military. To my great regret, this completely violates the Minsk accords. Ukraine shows that it does not want a peaceful resolution of the conflict, that is, it is going to fight and has introduced a political platform for this” said Zakharchenko.
The bill on the Reintegration of Donbass allows for the President of Ukraine to use force without declaring war, without seeking consent from parliament, and mentions no sensible political settlement clauses as to the will of the people in the Donbass. The legislation is adopted amid the backdrop of an expected delivery of US lethal weapons, “for defensive purposes.”