Donbass is a region in eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk and Lugansk. Donbass is an industrial center and is known for coal mining. Since 2014 there has been an ongoing war in Donbass, which has claimed thousands of lives.
Russian lawmakers have composed an address to major international groups in which they denounce a fresh Ukrainian law on the reintegration of Donbass. The law is seen as potentially leading to war and repression in the region.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister said the inclusion of the US in talks on a peaceful settlement in Donbass would not help the process, but noted that Moscow-Washington consultations on the issue could bring positive changes.
The Kremlin has described as “unacceptable” the Ukrainian bill on the reintegration of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, saying the document contradicts both the letter and spirit of the Minsk agreements.
If Washington and Kiev are reluctant to engage in comprehensive talks on the Russian proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers to the war-torn Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, Moscow “would not force them,” Sergey Lavrov said.