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Published On: Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

Ukrainian Parliament adopted law on reintegration of Donetsk and Lughansk

nsnbc : Ukraine Parliament (Verkhovna Rada), has adopted the law on the peculiarities of the state policy on ensuring Ukraine’s state sovereignty over what Kiev describes as temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Fighting at Donetsk Airport in 2014 (nsnbc file)

Fighting at Donetsk Airport in 2014 (nsnbc file)

280 MPs voted for bill No. 7163 as a whole at a parliamentary session on Thursday. Before the bill was passed, the secretary of the parliamentary committee on national security and defense, Ivan Vinnyk, read out a number of amendments to the text of the bill. In addition, according to him, the committee proposed returning to a number of mendments that had not previously been supported by lawmakers.

Parliament Chairman Andriy Parubiy put the bill to the vote, taking into account the announced proposals, and the deputies supported the document. The preamble to the law states that “the Russian Federation commits a crime of aggression against Ukraine and carries out temporary occupation of part of its territory with the help of armed units of the Russian Federation.”

The preamble also notes that the date of the beginning of occupation of part of Ukraine, in particular, Crimea and Sevastopol, is determined by the law on ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and the legal regime in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. According to this law, the date of the beginning of temporary occupation is February 20, 2014. Russia and Ukraine both claim sovereignty over Crimea.

The law on Donbas reintegration outlines the peculiarities of the state policy on securing Ukraine’s state sovereignty in temporarily occupied territories in Donbas. It is envisaged that the boundaries and the list of districts, towns, villages and settlements, parts of their territories temporarily occupied in Donetsk and Lughansk regions are determined by the president under a motion from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, prepared on the basis of proposals from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

According to the law, responsibility for financial or moral damage done to Ukraine as a result of Russian aggression is placed on Russia in accordance with what Kiev describes as generally accepted principles and norms of international law. In addition, MPs established that persons involved in what they see at Russia’s armed aggression or involved in the Russian occupation administration are held criminally liable for violating Ukrainian legislation and norms of international humanitarian law.

The parliament also defined a system of distribution of powers for national security measures. As reported, on October 4, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada bill No. 7163 on the peculiarities of state policy on ensuring Ukraine’s state sovereignty over temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Lughansk regions. On October 6, 2017, the parliament voted for the document at first reading.

F/AK – nsnbc 18.01.2018

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