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The Russian side stresses that a Ukrainian bill introducing the amendments "is not the document the Minsk agreements foresee," as it was prepared without "consultations" with the militants.

"Moreover, Kyiv did not even bother to somehow respond to the appropriate proposals to amend the Constitution of Ukraine, prepared and introduced by Donetsk and Luhansk," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

According to Russian diplomats, Kyiv's actions "do not contribute to a sustainable settlement of the Ukrainian crisis" and "undermine the international community's efforts to de-escalate the situation."

As UNIAN reported earlier, according to a source from one of the key members of the Ukrainian parliamentary coalition, the constitutional reform regarding decentralization, which is a key requirement of the Western partners of Ukraine, is likely not to be adopted in second reading before the local elections in Ukraine, scheduled for autumn this year.