Ukraine passes ‘historic’ constitutional changes to comply with Minsk agreements – Nuland

RT, July 17

Constitutional amendments just approved by the Ukrainian parliament have found whole-hearted support from US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who sees them as a sign that “Ukraine is doing its job” in meeting the Minsk agreements.

The amendments passed by lawmakers in the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada grant special status to the country’s war-torn eastern regions, as is stipulated in the Minsk agreements. The changes are said to be a step towards “decentralization” of the state.

The change in Ukraine’s basic law still needs to be approved by the constitutional court in Kiev.

It was very exciting to stand in the parliament and see the vibrant democracy in action; see the real debates and not fake discussions of old,” said Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at a press briefing at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, according to the center’s press-release.

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