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Kravchuk spoke against granting special status to the Donbass

The ex-President of Ukraine, the new head of the delegation of Kiev in the contact group on settling the situation in the Donbass Leonid Kravchuk has said he would not support a special status for the region, we can only talk about the "special system".

Earlier, the former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma stopped work in the contact group. On Thursday, the Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky has signed a decree which authorized the Kravchuk delegation to represent Kiev in the group.

"Well, let's say, the special status of Donbass. I don't perceive it, because I do not understand what it is. But I can not accept "special status" and "special" management system in these regions. This is already a compromise. Management, but do not status. So, the compromise we're already looking for real approaches to solve the issue", - said Kravchuk in an interview with "Suspine news" (Public news).

In his opinion, the residents of Donbas need to offer more rights and opportunities, but within the framework of the Constitution.

"We have to write what "special status regions". As I see it: you need to have no less rights and freedoms than have other regions of Ukraine. Because to return them in the condition as it was before - it is not so simple. Therefore, it is necessary to offer more rights, more opportunities, but in the framework of the Constitution of Ukraine and laws of Ukraine. We are talking only about the system of local self-government", - said the head of the delegation.

Kravchuk added that the compromise can not touch the sovereignty of Ukraine.

On Monday in Donbass came into effect extra measures to ensure ceasefire. The commander of the joint forces of Ukraine Vladimir Kravchenko said that the opponents violated the ceasefire in the region on the first day of entry into force topmar its enforcement. Representation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people's Republic in the Joint center for control and coordination of ceasefire (SCCC) and the national police LNR named these statements provocation.