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Poroshenko asks Jagland to help with elections in Donbas and release of hostages

Ukraine is interested in participation of experts of the Venice Commission in the work of the Constitutional Commission since the very beginning, and invites the Council of Europe to accede in ensuring free and fair elections in the Donbas. It was stated by President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland in Kyiv.

Jagland praised the democratic changes taking place in Ukraine and supported the recent initiatives of Poroshenko on the establishment of the Constitutional Commission and the implementation of the constitutional amendments, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the press service of the head of state.

According to the CE Secretary General, constitutional changes should unite the country, creating more prerequisites for acceleration of decentralization and strengthening of democracy.

Petro Poroshenko underlined that Ukraine fulfilled the Minsk Agreement. He said that yesterday, the Parliament had supported his legislative initiatives on special order of local government in some regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. "The changes in legislation provide that these laws come into effect immediately after the elections, since we will get legally elected representatives of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with whom we will determine the future of the region, based on the results. And secondly, it makes Russia nervous – we demand that the elections be free and fair, and meet international standards," said the President.

Jagland expressed his support for the recent legislative changes to the elections in the Donbas. He stressed the need to resolve the situation in the Donbas in full compliance with the Minsk Agreement, which can be transferred to the legal dimension with the help of the Council of Europe.

In addition, Petro Poroshenko addressed to Jagland with a request to facilitate the release of all hostages, including those detained in Russia, in particular, editor Oleg Sentsov and pilot Nadiya Savchenko.