- There is no draft law on creating a special status for the restive regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said, adding that Ukraine is only to be decentralized.
- “There will be no law on the special status of Donbas region. There is a law on a special operation mode of the local government. The secession of the region is out of question. A process of general decentralization is underway. It will start across the country,” Poroshenko said on Thursday speaking at a press-conference in Kiev.
- This statement runs counter to the Minsk protocol signed on September 5 by Kiev and local militias outlining what needs to be done to ensure the ceasefire in Ukraine’s east. One of the key points of the agreement was the adoption of a new law providing for a special status for Lugansk and Donetsk regions and early elections there.