Avakov, members of Atlantic Council discuss plans to end occupation of Donbas
The concept designed to end the Russian occupation of Donbas and promote its reintegration, which has been discussed by Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov with members of the Atlantic Council, provides for the principle of "small steps," the ministry's press service has said.
"Every step should show our citizens of Ukraine who live in Donbas that they are better with Ukraine than with the occupying authorities: the quality of life, access to utilities, education, pension services, social guarantees, access to Ukrainian biometric passports that allow them to freely move around European countries, access to civil rights, reconstruction of roads, bridges, communications, education, etc.," Avakov is quoted by the press service on Facebook as saying.
According to him, such tactics will allow us to go through "recovery" for 5-7 years, perhaps 10 years.
"Director of the Eurasian Center of the Atlantic Council, John Herbst, appreciated the strategy of gradual reintegration of the temporarily occupied areas," the report said.
The Atlantic Council is a non-governmental organization of the United States.