Russian President Vladimir Putin finds the implementation of the special status of Donbas to be the main condition for holding of Normandy Format talks as well as the solution of a number of issues with the representatives of the Ukrainian authority.
The military operations in Donbas must be stopped, however, this decision does not imply any amnesty for members of illegal armed formations, especially those involved in war crimes.
Right-wing activists gathered at Kontraktova Square to start a car run towards President Petro Poroshenko's estate in Kozyn near Kyiv, demanding to sign an amnesty law for anti-terrorist operation (ATO) soldiers.
At today's meeting, 226 members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the bill No. 4255 on granting pardon in 2016, which took into account proposals put forward by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
Pro-Russian militants will not be granted amnesty until the active phase of hostilities ends in eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian authorities should adopt a law on amnesty of militants who took part in the armed conflict in the Donbas.
Militants claim holding two dozens of hostages in the "DPR" and one dozen in the "LPR". Meanwhile, 112 Ukrainians are staying in captivity, according to the Ukrainian side.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he agrees with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on reinforcing the OSCE mission in the Donbas, including equipping it with firearms.
Ukraine does not want to grant amnesty to the terrorists in the Donbas and to exchange prisoners according to the all-for-all formula, while 'DPR' does not agree for an exchange without amnesty.
In negotiations with Ukraine, the militants of the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" are trying to steamroll amnesty scenario applied in the early 2000s in Russia against the Chechen insurgents.
Ukraine has put forward tough terms for holding of local elections in the temporarily uncontrolled territories of the Donbas.
The "DPR" and "LPR" have agreed to cancel sham elections scheduled for Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, postponing them until Feb. 21, 2016.
During the talks in Paris, Ukraine was pressed for adoption of a new law on special status of the Donbas, absolute amnesty for militants and elections, but Kyiv did not accept it.
The terrorists are going to "grant amnesty" to 2,000 convicted criminals serving sentences in the occupied territory.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin denies possibility of granting amnesty to militants involved in shelling of Mariupol (the Donetsk region) on Jan. 24 and Malaysian Airliner downing in summer 2014.
In case of failure of the peace plan the laws on the special order of the local government in some areas of the Donbas and the amnesty should be abolished.
Ukraine is unilaterally ceasing fire in the eastern Ukraine in order to allow members of illegal armed groups to disarm and to leave the country if they want to.