The Minsk agreements might be derailed if the Ukrainian authorities have failed to designate the territories to enjoy a special status in eastern Ukraine by March 14, Denis Pushilin, a representative of the so called Donetsk people’s republic to the Contact Group, said on Friday.
“A political settlement is an intergral part of the package of measures to fulfil the Minsk agreements. This settlement has a clear step-by-step chronology. According to it, the Verkhovna Rada should by March 14 adopt a decision that will unveil the list of those areas in Donbas that will be subject to a special status. Kyiv has 24 hours left to comply with its commitments,” Pushilin said.
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada may pass the corresponding decree next week, Espeso.tv reports.
Sixty-four Ukrainian servicemen had been killed in eastern Ukraine since February 15, when the latest ceasefire, secured at talks in Minsk, Belarus, on February 12, came into force, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in an interview on Monday.
Over 6,000 persons have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in mid-April 2014, the UN reports.