Kiev considering Donbass republics’ proposals

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(Interfax – March 9, 2015)

Ukraine is considering the political proposals made by the unrecognized Donbass republics, according to the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic envoy Vladislav Deinego.

“Progress is visible. We have had our position heard and received information that our proposals are being considered,” Deinego said at a press conference on Monday, broadcast by the Rossiya 24 television station.

“Information that our position has been heard is a sufficiently serious statement. We would further wish that our position be heeded, that [our proposals] be discussed with us and that we work out positions on all aspects of the political settlement of the conflict between the Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics on the one hand and Kyiv on the other,” he said.

He also said that the Luhansk and Donetsk republics had not received a reaction to their proposals to amend the Ukrainian legislation in order to organize local elections in individual regions of Donbass.

“We have a proposal, agreed with Donetsk, for amending the constitution in order to lay legal groundwork for the elections. These proposals have been referred to the Trilateral Contact Group. However, no reaction has been received to these proposals, either. There’s been absolute silence for now,” Deinego said.