US begins to advise Kiev on Donbass reintegration law

Kiev is discussing a draft law on the reintegration of Donbass with the key partners – the United States, Germany, France, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration Konstantin Yeliseyev said to the Ukrainian bureau of Radio Svoboda.

Secretary of the Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Alexander Turchinov said on Monday that President Pyotr Poroshenko had instructed to consult with the Normandy Format countries about the law on the reintegration of Donbass, after which the document was planned to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada in September.

"Now, at the order of the National Security and Defense Council, we are working in contact with our key partners, primarily the United States, Germany and France, to coordinate this project with them. We have got our partners' first encouraging reaction already," Yeliseyev said.

According to him, the key mission of the draft law "On the peculiarities of state policy for the restoration of territorial integrity and sovereignty" (the law on the reintegration of Donbass - Ed.) is to show the strategy, the president's policy for the restoration and reintegration of these territories in Ukraine by political and diplomatic means, and it is based on the Minsk agreements' implementation.

Earlier, the President of Ukraine announced plans to submit a bill on the reintegration of Donbass for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada. According to the deputies, the document provides for recognition of the Donbass territories out of Kiev's control as "occupied" and the Ukrainian forces' transition to the "military operation" format, but its text has not been made public yet.

As stated by Russian plenipotentiary representative to the contact group for Ukraine Boris Gryzlov, the bill on the reintegration of Donbass is an attempt to create an alternative to the Minsk agreements, instead of a political settlement, emphasis is placed on a military solution to the conflict. At that, the DPR and LPR stated that the conflict settlement should take place within the Minsk agreements' framework, other options are unacceptable.

In April, 2014, the authorities of Ukraine launched the military operation against the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, which declared independence after the February 2014 coup in Ukraine. According to the latest UN data, over 10,000 people fell victims to the conflict.

DONi News Agency