Ukraine – Extension of special status for Donbas (4 October 2018)

France welcomes the Ukrainian Parliament’s adoption of the law extending the validity of the law on the special procedure for local self-governance in some areas of the oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk until December 31, 2019.

This decision demonstrates once again Ukraine’s commitment to fulfill its political obligations under the Minsk agreements.

We call on the parties to abide by all of their obligations under the Minsk agreements, among other things, to observe the ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons. They must also pull back their troops from the areas designated in 2016, as they pledged to do within the framework of the trilateral contact group.

The Minsk agreement provide for holding local elections under Ukrainian legislation. Any other form of voting, as announced by the de facto authorities, is contrary to both the letter and the spirit of those agreements, and would be considered null and void. We call on Russia to use its influence over the authorities to renounce the supposed elections scheduled for November 11.