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    Poroshenko: Special Status for Donbass Absent in Amendments to Constitution

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    The draft law on constitutional reforms in Ukraine adopted in the first reading does not stipulate a special status for crisis-hit Donbass, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkko said Monday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — According to him, the special status is just a “cliche” and an element of propaganda against constitutional reforms and the president.

    In keeping with the provisions of the Minsk accords, reached in February 2015, President Poroshenko agreed to grant a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

    Minsk deal describes decentralization of particular districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions and their special status as the key elements of the proposed constitutional reform in Ukraine.

    “The draft amendment to the Constitution does not envisage special status for Donbass,” Poroshenko said in an address to the Ukrainian people.

    The Ukrainian parliament approved President Petro Poroshenko's proposed constitutional amendments on decentralization Monday.

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