The law about re-integration of the occupied territories should become the signal for Donbas and Crimea, which stipulates the territorial integrity for Ukraine. President Petro Poroshenko said that in Mariinsky palace during the ceremony involving leaders of diplomatic institutions in Kyiv.
‘We’ll continue to make our way to re-integration of the occupied Ukrainian territories by means of peaceful policy and diplomacy. This is the key signal of the respective law which was considered in the Ukrainian parliament on my initiative today. I hope we will have it voted for in the near future. This is a message for Donbas and Crimea. These lands are the inseparable part of Ukraine, and we will make everything possible so that they return home as soon as possible,’ he said.
On Tuesday, Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament looked into hundreds of amendments to the draft bill about the reintegration of the occupied areas of Donbas. The final vote did not occur, though.
MPs submitted 673 amendments, 374 of them turned down by the respective committee. Lawmakers from Batkivshchyna, Samopomich and Opposition Bloc parties criticized the bill, so many MPs from the pro-presidential Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc said they deliberately dragged the vote for the law.
The clashes that took place near the Parliament's building on Tuesday noon quickly calmed down; the police reported no casualties, one protester was detained.