The Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) and the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) in Donbas will run in parallel until Ukraine President's decree cancels the ATO. This was announced by the speaker of the Defense Ministry on ATO issues Dmytro Hutsulyak at the briefing in Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
"ATO will now run in parallel with the forthcoming Joint Forces Operation and the decision on the end of the Anti-Terrorist Operation will come in force immediately after the signing of the relevant decree by the President Petro Poroshenko. There is no such decree yet, " Hutsulyak said.
At the moment the formation of units of the Forces Operation continues, Hutsulyak added.
As it was reported earlier, the law On the specifics of the state policy on ensuring state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, known as Donbas reintegration law, came into force on February 24, 2018.
According to the law, Ukraine’s Armed Forces joint operation headquarters is going to replace the Anti-Terrorist Operation (which is the official name of the operation in the conflict zone now) and be the main body in the conflict area. It is going to command the military assets of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military groups, the Interior Ministry, the National police dedicated to combating the Russian aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk regions”. Law enforcement officers, servicemen and everybody else involved in fighting the aggressor, are going to be subordinate to the Joint Force Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.