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Ukrainian Parliament cancels fine for citizens leaving occupied Donbas through Russian territory

Source : 112 Ukraine

This concerns residents of the occupied territories of Donbas
20:47, 29 June 2021

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The Ukrainian Parliament passed the law about canceling fines for leaving the occupied territories of Donbas via the Russian territory. 292 MPs endorsed the document, with 226 necessary to pass.

The bill foresees that Ukrainian citizens who live in the temporarily occupied territories of this country will not be facing any penalties for administrative violations if these concern the entry or exit from the occupied territory of Ukraine - "as long as such law infringements occurred due to the reasons of humanitarian nature".

The passage of this document will let the government set more guarantees that the rights of Ukrainian citizens will be observed; the authority understands that residents of the occupied territories are forced to breach the Ukrainian law when it comes to entering or leaving the temporary occupied areas of Ukraine, which does not depend on their will.

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Currently, such violation is punished with the fine in the amount of some 180 US dollars. The fines will be lifted when the President signs the bill, and the parliamentary newspaper publishes the law.

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