10:13 22 May

Ukrainian parliament adopts law on Donbas reintegration

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has adopted as a whole the bill on the state policy aiming to secure sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, APA reported citing 112.International.


During the debates, the deputies discussed whether to mention Crimea and Sevastopol in the headline of the bill, but this initiative did not gain sufficient support.


At the same time, the preamble states about the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. In particular, the start of the temporary occupation of Crimea on February 20, 2014 is indirectly admitted to be the date of the start of Crimea’s occupation, with reference to another law.  


The draft law defines Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied territories as the territories over which Russia’s armed groups and Russian occupation administration have established control (including land, water, subsoil and air). The boundaries of such territories should be determined by the president on the proposal of the Defense Ministry based on the reccommendations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The total absence of Russian servicemen in the occupied territories should be confirmed by the Defense and Internal Ministry - they must together submit a communication to Ukraine’s president, who shall take the decision. The president will decide on the beginning and completion of measures to ensure national security and counteract Russian aggression.


It is stated that Russia, despite the occupation, does not receive any rights for these territories and the term of the occupation does not matter.


Almost all the documents issued by the occupation administration of Russian federation are invalid and do not create legal implications except for the documents on birth and death of the people on the temporarily occupied territories.


Russia shall be responsible for non-pecuniary damage caused to Ukraine, its state and local government bodies, as well as for providing security of the civil population.


Ukraine, in its turn, should assume measures to provide the state sovereignty, including the sanctions and use the mechanisms of the international cooperation to keep and strengthen the sanctions against Russia. The bodies in Ukraine gather the data on the human rights in the temporarily occupied territories and should create the inter-department coordination body to summarize the attitude of the state in the repulsion and deterrence of the Russian aggression and prepare the consolidated reclamation against Russia.



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