Russia finds fault with draft amendments to Ukraine's Constitution
The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine concerning decentralization, as they were prepared without coordination with the representatives of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics militant organizations, according to the ministry's press service.
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.