President Petro Poroshenko signed the bill about reintegration of the occupied territories of Donbas. The ceremony took place during the session of the Military Cabinet of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, on Tuesday.
'I think it will be symbolic that today, exactly four years after the Russian aggression began, we discussed and I signed this extremely important law. It enhances the legal framework of the use of the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies to protect our state. This law reflects my strategy of returning the occupied areas under the rule of Ukraine. In this law, we define Russia as the aggressor country. It is crucial that the law settles legal mechanisms of returning these territories by means of politics and diplomacy,' he said.
According to the president, this law does not violate any of Ukraine's international commitments, including Minsk agreements - 'despite Russia's intentions to put it this way'.
Last month, the Ukrainian parliament passed the law about the reintegration of Donbas, defining the legal status of certain areas of Donbass and Luhansk regions as 'the occupied territories'. The official date of the beginning of the occupation is February 20, 2014. Russia is considered responsible for numerous human rights violations in the occupied territories.