Poroshenko rules out referendum on secession of Donbass

Poroshenko rules out referendum on secession of Donbass | Русская весна

President Petro Poroshenko has ruled out the possibility of a referendum on secession of Ukraine's eastern Donbas region. "I will never let the issue of Donbass’ secession be brought up at the all-Ukraine referendum," he said.

The president said only broadening of powers in certain areas could be discussed. He didn't, however, rule out holding a referendum on the status of Donbass within Ukraine "to ask Ukrainians how they see the future of Donbas". "However, within Ukraine, I underscore this," the president added.

The head of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc’s parliamentary faction, Yuri Lutsenko, earlier suggested holding a referendum on granting special status to some regions of Donbas simultaneously with the local elections scheduled for October 25.

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