The spokesperson, however, confessed that she “has not analyzed the law in depth”, but firmly stood her ground, insisting that “Ukrainian parliament passed new laws that continue fulfillment of its commitments under the Minsk agreements, especially with regard to further delineation of the September special status law.”
However, Denis Pushilin, the DPR negotiator at the reconciliation talks with Kiev, said Poroshenko's signing of amended legislation on the special status of the Donbas region would jeopardize the peace process, as it contradicts the Minsk agreements.
"The amendments to the original special status law contradict Article 12 of the Package of Measures [adopted by Contact Group on Ukraine at Minsk talks in February], which says that all issues concerning elections should be coordinated with DPR and LPR envoys," the politician said on Wednesday.
According to Pushilin, this article has been violated as "nothing has been coordinated or discussed."
Jen Psaki, however, dismissed the claims of the Donetsk and Lugansk leaders as “there is a slight difference” between the Eastern Ukrainians and “the separatist leaders who have illegally overtaken parts of Ukraine.”