Hroisman: Ukraine"s federalization out of question

The Minsk Agreements envisage decentralization of power and holding local elections under Ukrainian law, instead of federalization.

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman said this on Ukrainian television's Inter Channel, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"Donetsk and Luhansk regions are the parts of Ukraine. Ukraine is a sovereign and indivisible state. There cannot be even talks about losing territorial integrity. There are no talks about the federalization of Ukraine. Of course, Ukraine needs decentralization of power. Of course, we need to hold local elections under Ukrainian law, in order to restore the confidence in the government. Elections should be transparent, fair and declared valid both within the country and in the world. There should be observers, publicity, transparency and compliance with Ukrainian legislation - there are no other options," he said.

According to Hroisman, after holding free local elections the central authority will conduct a political dialogue on further actions with their winners. At the same time, he excluded the possibility of the so-called DPR and LPR leaders' and militants' participation in the forthcoming elections.

"Gunmen, bandit leaders, etc. cannot be elected. They are criminals who should be punished, and there are no reservations. The amnesty can not be considered in this case," Hroisman said.

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