Donetsk, Feb 2 - DAN. Ukraine refuses to discuss the Donbass ‘reintegration’ law at the Minsk talks until it comes into forces, DPR envoy to Minsk talks, People’s Council chairman Denis Pushilin told reporters on Friday.

“The so-called Donbass ‘reintegration’ law is essentially a law on war; it cannot be based on the terms which are unacceptable to DPR residents,” Pushilin said. As for Ukrainian comments, Kiev, on the official discussion platforms in Minsk says that the law has not been signed yet, so there is nothing to discuss.”

On 18 January Ukrainian lawmakers approved by 280 votes the final reading of the law “On the peculiarities of state policy on the restoration of the state sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine” (the so called Donbass ‘reintegration’ law).

The document recognises Donbass areas as ‘occupied’ territories and calls Russia an “aggressor country.” It implies that ‘reintegration’ of the region should be accomplished by force. The document has been submitted to the Ukrainian president for signing. It comes into forces on the next day following its publication on official media. *jk