Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs promises to develop plan for return of Donbas by summer

The Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs is working on a plan to regain control over the Donbas, which should be ready this summer, reported the Ministry’s press service, citing the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov.

"We should have this document in our hands by the summer. It will cover two parts: preparatory and practical. The main purpose of the plan is to liberate the temporarily occupied territories, restore the constitutional order of Ukraine, [and] protect the rights and freedoms of our citizens," Avakov said during a meeting with the heads of all the central executive bodies of the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

According to Ivan Varchenko, an advisor to the Interior Minister and head of the working group charged with creating the plan, members of the group have already identified "all the challenges and threats in the temporarily occupied territories" and "worked out ways to overcome them."

Avakov said in an earlier interview that the Donbas should be returned to Ukraine in stages. The Minister called his plan "tactics of small steps, which everyone applauds".

  Donbas, Ukraine