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Bill on Donbas de-occupation to be adopted in second reading

Source : 112 Ukraine

Many amendments supposedly will not be considered
11:54, 13 December 2017

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The parliamentary factions came to a consensus on almost all amendments in the bill on de-occupation of the Donbas. It is expected that the document will be adopted in the second reading. This was reported by the Secretary of Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense Ivan Vinnyk on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

 “Statistically for such a number of amendments (700) we need about a day and a half. Although I suppose that we will pass them faster, because a lot of amendments are taken into account, about a third. As the head of the working group, I can say that we reached a broad consensus on a number of amendments that were submitted from different factions of the parliament. I can assume with restrained optimism that we will pass the second reading quite quickly and maybe we will not need that much time, and we will go through this project within 3-5 hours and adopt it in whole, "he said.

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As it was reported earlier Verkhovna Rada supported the bill on de-occupation of Donbas on October 6. 233 people's deputies voted for it. Thus, the Anti-Terrorist Operation can become the self-defense of Ukraine, Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will replace the Anti-Terrorism Center and head the defenders of the state territories. The reference to Minsk agreement was excluded from the document. Other changes are also planned, because the document was adopted only in the first reading. At the we are preparing for the second reading.

The de-occupation law will strengthen Ukraine's position on the possible deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. 

"Russia as an aggressor country will not have any right to participate in this mission, which must be deployed throughout the occupied territory, including the temporarily uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border," he said.

The head of state also noted that the document will contribute to strengthening the position of Kyiv regarding the release of hostages.

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