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Media: Ukraine denies US demands for autonomy for Donbass

MOSCOW, Dec 12 Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov denies media reports that Washington is exerting pressure to Kiev to grant Donbass a special status or more autonomy to “resume stalled peace talks.”

& # 34; Reznikov also denies that Kiev was subjected to any pressure from the United States to grant special status or greater autonomy to the occupied regions of Donbass & # 34; – said the Financial Times, which was interviewed by Reznikov.

The law on the special status of Donbass was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada in 2014, but was never put into effect. In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, which some declared independence after the coup d'etat in Kiev in February 2014. According to the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, about 6.8 thousand people became victims of the conflict. The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, among other things, during the meetings of the contact group. However, even after the armistice agreements, shootings continued, and the DPR announced shelling of residential areas with Ukrainian heavy artillery. Moscow has repeatedly stated that Kiev is not fulfilling the Minsk agreements and is delaying negotiations to resolve the conflict, and against this background, NATO is transferring equipment to the borders of the Russian Federation. Foreign Ministry: West is sending militants to Ukraine under the guise of instructors


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