Donetsk militia insists on immediate enactment of Ukrainian law on special self-government procedures

The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) has forwarded proposals to Kiev on amendments to the law on special self-government procedures in Donbas, DNR People's Council head Andriy Purhin has said.

The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) has forwarded proposals to Kiev on amendments to the law on special self-government procedures in Donbas, DNR People's Council head Andriy Purhin has said.

"We have offered our own edition of Article 10 of the law on special self-government procedures, which envisions the law's immediate entry into force, which Ukraine has dragged out on various pretexts all this time. We propose that this article stipulate that the organization of elections and their date be regulated by a special Ukrainian law," the Donetsk news agency quoted Purhin as saying.

The bill on elections had earlier been drawn up by the Donbass authorities and forwarded to the Trilateral Contact Group, he said.

Ukraine cleared the text of the law on special status, "including the wordings of each article, at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk," Purhin said.

"The document was signed by President Poroshenko, but Ukraine made amendments to the law on special status as soon as March 17, so violating the obligations it had undertaken," he said.

The issue of elections in Donbass will be discussed by the working subgroup on political matters of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, he said.

"The bill on local elections in Donbass will be offered for discussion by the working subgroup. We hope the Ukrainian side will not evade its discussion, as the subgroup has reached a common opinion on putting the issue of modalities of local elections on the agenda," he said.

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