The cease-fire and the agreement reached between pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine currently preserves a concept of a united, sovereign country inside its borders according to a statement made by president Petro Poroshenko.
In a televised government meeting, Ukrainian president Poroshenko said that the cease-fire between rebels and government forces in Easter Ukraine is difficult to maintain due to the fact that terrorists area always trying to provoke the troops from Kiev. He said:
“The protocol envisages the restoration and preservation of Ukrainian sovereignty on all territory of Donbass, including that controlled by the fighters.”
The president will submit a new draft law that is to offer special status to various areas of Luhansk and Donetsk, all controlled by the revels.
Besides this special status law, another law will appear that is to impose various economic sanctions against individuals and companies.
The law is directed towards Russian individuals and companies that are suspected of having financed and supported the separatists that were battling the Ukrainian forces.
According to the government, there is a list of 65 Russian companies (including Gazprom) and 172 Russian citizens that are targeted for the sanctions. The official reason is “financing terrorism.”
This law was already signed by the parliament and should come into effect soon.
The agreement between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine seems to be holding at the moment with no reports of fights taking place. However, the situation is still tense and the conflict can start again at any moment.