Sotnyk: Extension of the law on special status is not a decision in the interests of Ukraine

Samopomich will not support the decision on extending the action of the law on a special procedure of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

MP Olena Sotnyk explains the position of the faction, “First of all, this decision contradicts the decision of the Verkhovna Rada regarding the adoption of a law on reintegration. The latter clearly determined these territories as the occupied ones. So what kind of special status can be there in the territories under the control of the administration of another state? From the point of view of international law, this is a complete contradiction.”

The parliamentarian continues, “Secondly, as for our international partners who hint that unless the Verkhovna Rada votes for this law, this will mean that Ukraine is actually leaving the Minsk process and therefore our international partners will have no grounds for extending sanctions. I believe that this is a manipulation, because sanctions were not imposed only as a condition of the Minsk process. Sanctions were imposed against the Russian Federation as a state that violated international law, violated the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Therefore, there is no direct connection with the Minsk agreements.”

Olena Sotnyk argues that the continuation of the law is not in the interests of Ukraine, and it is high time our international partners recognized that Minsk has exhausted itself and it is necessary to switch to a different format.

She concludes, “We must be realistic and understand that Putin has never intended to fulfill the Minsk agreements. Of course, we can temporize, but it is obvious that this is not a solution or a way out of this situation. The sooner we and the international partners acknowledge this, the sooner we can find another way to resolve the situation.”

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