Poroshenko: Ukrainian constitution won't envision special status for Donbass

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reiterated that draft amendments to the Ukrainian constitution do not envision any special status for Donbass, nor do they provide for special status of the capital city or other cities.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reiterated that draft amendments to the Ukrainian constitution do not envision any special status for Donbass, nor do they provide for special status of the capital city or other cities.

"No matter how you look for it there, there is no special status [for Donbass]. I open the current constitution: 'Article 92. The following are determined exclusively by Ukrainian laws, Clause 16, status of the capital of Ukraine', that is, the current constitution contains status, but it also provides for the possibility of special status for other cities, and some already want to take advantage of this constitutional provision," Poroshenko said at a meeting with members of territorial communities on Saturday.

The Zaporizhzhya regional council has issued an address to the president and the Verkhovna Rada, requesting that the region be granted special status.

"Then there will be a parade of sovereignties. My amendments to the constitution eliminate this article, and there will be no right to status," Poroshenko said.

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