On October 27 in the Minsk Contact Group, the Ukrainian delegation presented a concept document to serve as a basis for the “law on local elections in the temporarily occupied areas” of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces (see accompanying article). President Petro Poroshenko has personally authorized this concept and mandated Ukraine’s representative, Roman Bezsmertnyy, to present it to the Minsk working group on political affairs.
The Ukrainian government is widely publicizing this move in domestic media, so as to reassure public opinion, preempting accusations that the president and government are conceding too much. Concessions previously granted at Western insistence have …read more
Source: The Jamestown Foundation