Poroshenko extends Donbass special status law, seeks for UN peace enforcement operation

President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill "On creating conditions for a peaceful settlement of the situation in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions," which extends the region's special status for a year. This is stated in a document published on Wednesday on the parliament's website.

"Temporarily, for a period that ends one year after the entry into force of the law of Ukraine "On the creation of the necessary conditions for a peaceful settlement of the situation in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions," a special order of local self-government is introduced in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions," the text of the draft law says.

The draft presupposes the appropriate amendment to article 1 of the law "On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions" (special status of Donbass), which was adopted on September 16, 2014, and expires on October 18, 2017.

According to the draft law, the extension of the special status is directed, among other things, to creating "necessary conditions for the deployment of the UN peacekeeping operation in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions."

The project has the status of "urgent" and is subject to consideration by parliamentary committees and deputies of the Verkhovna Rada as a priority.

DONi News Agency