MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Ukrainian Parliament's recent decision to declare parts of Ukraine's Donbas region "occupied territories" is a gross violation of the peace agreements reached in Minsk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Poroshenko and the Ukrainian parliament made several decisions on the status of the country’s eastern regions. The parliament decided to postpone the long-awaited decision of giving the two eastern regions special status until elections under Ukrainian law are held. Verkhovna Rada also declared areas under the control of the DPR and LPR “temporarily occupied.”
Granting special status to parts of the DPR and the LPR was one of key points of the agreement signed by both Kiev authorities and independence supporters in Minsk in February.
Lavrov added that he had contacted his counterparts in Germany and France to draw their attention to the “blatant violations of the very first steps of the Minsk political package.”