Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
27th January, 2016
The head of the delegation of the DPR in the contact group, Denis Pushilin, called the offers of Ukraine to change its Constitution a legal fake.
According to him, the proposal was fabricated to deceive the people of Donbass and the world community, reports “Donetsk news Agency”.
Pushilin also noticed that the transitional provisions (in particular, article 18) were not agreed with the representatives of Donetsk, which is a flagrant violation.
“The way it is worded (article 18) also does not hold any substance. This is a legal fake, fabricated to deceive the people of Donbass and the world community”, – said Pushilin.
The head of the delegation of the DPR in the contact group reported that the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic asked the participants of the meeting on Wednesday, January 27th, to consider a compromised version of the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine. Pushilin said that this version had been prepared by members of the DPR.
“He (option) gives real guarantees of the special status of Donbass, the political rights of our people, for which we have shed blood for”, – said the representative of DPR.
In the framework of the Minsk agreements, Ukraine should hold a constitutional reform and grant Donbass special status. The amendments to the Constitution presented at the time were not agreed with DPR and LPR. On August 31st, the Verkhovna Rada adopted them upon first reading in a sudden session.