Ukraine will not agree to legitimize current leaders of the so-called "DPR" and "LPR"; Russian mercenaries and troops have to leave the Donbas. This was announced by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at a joint news conference with his Norwegian counterpart Børge Brende in Kyiv on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"I want to announce that legitimization of those who have been drawn to power by the Russian aggression and the Russian troops is not possible," the head of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said.
Klimkin believes the situation in the Donbas could be stabilized by fulfillment of Minsk agreements.
He assured that Ukraine is committed to these documents, which is evidenced by the adoption of the law on specific governance in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, adopted by the parliament.
"But these possibilities for self-governance are for citizens of the Donbas to take the process of returning to normal life in their hands, not for legitimization of those who came with the help of Russian troops and mercenaries," the minister added.
According to Klimkin, de-escalation should be reached in the Donbas, and Russian troops and weapons should be withdrawn first, and only then the parties should get to political regulation, including fair and free local elections.