“The issue of decentralization, including in the context of Donbas, will be examined within the framework of the constitutional reform because no one has taken any responsibilities in any form or any legally binding or political aspects in the text [of the Minsk agreements],” Klimkin said during a parliamentary session in Kiev.
He said, however, that “any further discussions in regard to a special regime for Donbas would be accomplished within the legislation that has already been approved by the Verkhovna Rada.”
Decentralization has been a crucial political issue for Ukraine's east. Following a February 2014 coup in Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions established themselves as so-called people's republics, refusing to accept the new central government. A law granting "special status" and broader autonomy to the parts of the breakaway regions was introduced by Kiev in the fall but was abolished shortly afterward.