Separatists want special status for self-proclaimed republics, demand to stop Ukraine’s counterterrorist operation


Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) have said on Monday they will make every effort to preserve Ukraine’s unity if Kyiv accepts their demands. The list was made public ahead of the meeting of the Contact Group for Ukraine includes the recognition of the special status of the republics’ territories and the Russian language.

It includes the recognition of the special status of the republics’ territories and the Russian language, as well as the end of Kyiv’s anti-terrorist operation and holding free elections in the region, ITAR-TASS reports.

Donetsk and Luhansk have also demanded amnesty for ‘militia and political prisoners’, along with a special status for their military units and right to appoint judges and prosecutors.

DPR and LPR state they want to preserve common economic, cultural and political space with Ukraine, if their conditions are accepted. They want special foreign economic status, considering its deeper integration with Russia and the Customs Union.

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