And against such a backdrop, Kiev has prepared a peaceful plan for a "peaceful" reintegration of Donbass into Ukraine. This is a complete bill, which supposedly, should be submitted to the Verkhovnaya Rada this week. After the worsening in hostilities and new victims in the so-called ATO zone the news sounds more than strange. Our reporter Tatiana Remizova is with us in the studio.
Tatiana, what kind of game did Kiev start? Ernest, we did not see the content of the bill yet, but the fact that it exists and was developed by the Presidential administration was reported by Poroshenko himself last week during his visit to the districts of the Donetsk region controlled by Kiev. The plan allegedly involves a simplified procedure for providing Ukrainian pensions for the residents of the DPR and the LPR, establishing trade between territories under Kiev's control and not under, increasing the limit of goods transported through the demarcation line from 50 to 180 kg by car.
And most importantly, the ending of the so-called "anti-terrorist operation." But in return, martial law in the front-line areas. Which cities are meant for certain is not known. According to some sources these cities may end up on the list: Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Avdeevka, and Maryinka. This is the wind of the elections, political scientists and the opposition are sure.
It seems to be far until 2019, but Poroshenko's campaign appears to have already begun. If they can simply replace even the signboard with a mundane one, change ATO to martial law in these territories, it will still allow the President and his team through the controlled media to say that the President fulfilled his promises, he stopped ATO, as he promised.
Moreover, the imposition of martial law and its simplification will allow the President to disconnect certain regions from the elections at any time. This law is prepared in order to completely prohibit the holding of elections in Ukraine due to the fact that martial law has been introduced, which just extends the term in office of both Poroshenko and the current Verkhovnaya Rada up to the end of the martial law. But there are Minsk agreements, which, with the support of European leaders were created for the peaceful return of Donbass to Ukraine. Why would Poroshenko invent something else?
As you know, Kiev is not fulfilling the Minsk agreements. And Poroshenko, who today has left for the US, urgently needed an imitation of them. Poroshenko is allegedly going to a meeting with President Trump, where he can be asked, what is actually being done to implement the Minsk agreements, obviously, he is now under very serious pressure from Germany, France, and other European countries on the issue of implementing the Minsk agreements, therefore it's a political maneuver. Donbass itself reacted with distrust to this maneuver.
Kiev did not forward the reintegration plan to the contact group. The DPR and the LPR agree with the peace initiatives, with the algorithm that is prescribed in the package of measures to be implemented in the Minsk agreements, nothing else was discussed with us, the Heads of our Republics did not sign up for anything else. Even if the law ends up in the Rada, the war party will probably not give the document a chance. Just like everything else that was ever related to fulfilling the Minsk agreements.