The Law No. 364-IX, which extends Donbas's special status for a year, has come into force in Ukraine until December 31, 2020. Today the document was published in the official edition of the Holos Ukrayiny.
The previous law was valid from 2014 until 2017, and the Parliament extended the deadline twice.
The norms of this law on the special status of Donbas shall come into effect only when the aggressor state withdraws all illegal armed groups, militants, mercenaries and military equipment from the territory of Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed to amend the Constitution and remove the norm on the special status of the city of Sevastopol in his draft law. Bill #2598 does not mention Sevastopol and the only city with special status is the capital Kyiv.
“The system of the administrative and territorial structure of Ukraine consists of such units: communities, districts, regions, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea...The legal status of the city of Kyiv as the capital of Ukraine is established by a separate law,” the document reads.
According to the proposed changes, the president will have his representative in Kyiv - prefect. Sevastopol will be assigned to the unit of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.