24 February 2018 came into force on the scandalous law on the so-called "Donbass reintegration." Thus, in Kiev, they finally confirmed their focus on a military solution to the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine (...) By signing this law, Poroshenko effectively crossed out the Minsk agreements, unleashing the hands of the "war party". There is no question of any direct dialogue with the authorities of the unrecognized republics, de-escalation of confrontation and the search for ways of a peaceful political settlement. On the contrary, the document creates conditions for the violent seizure of the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions uncontrolled by Kiev, and legalizes the use of the Ukrainian army against civilians.- declare in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The ministry noted that there is no direct dialogue with the authorities of the unrecognized republics, de-escalation of the confrontation and the search for ways of a peaceful political settlement.
The Foreign Ministry also stressed that the signing of the document creates conditions for the violent seizure of the uncontrolled Kiev territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, legalizes the use of the Ukrainian army against civilians, and may also lead to an escalation of the situation in the south-east of the country.
As the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, said earlier this week, to implement the law on the reintegration of Donbass, the format of the antiterrorist operation (ATO) will be changed. It will turn into an operation of the joint forces, which will be headed by the military leadership.
In the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, they said that the document legalizes the use of violence against residents of the republics.