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Russia condemns Ukraine's law about Donbas reintegration

The approval of the document might lead to 'dangerous escalation', - Russian Foreign Ministry
23:21, 18 January 2018

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The Kremlin opposed the newly approved law of reintegration of Donbas, passed by the Ukrainian Parliament on January 18. The respective statement appeared on the website of the Russian foreign ministry on late Thursday.

'Unfortunately, we are the witnesses of how the dangerous situation emerges. It might result in the unpredictable consequences for the entire world,' the statement said.

The Ministry added that despite the document went through several editions, it 'preserved the initial objective, which is to set the legal grounds of Kyiv's commitment to solve Donbas conflict by the means of force,' the statement said.

Related: Verkhovna Rada adopts law on Donbas reintegration

Previously, on January 18, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the law about re-ntegration of Donbas. MPs adopted as a whole the bill on the state policy aiming to secure sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

During the debates, the deputies discussed whether to mention Crimea and Sevastopol in the headline of the bill, but this initiative did not gain sufficient support.

At the same time, the preamble states about the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. In particular, the start of the temporary occupation of Crimea on February 20, 2014 is indirectly admitted to be the date of the start of Crimea’s occupation, with reference to another law.   

Related: Law on Donbas reintegration derails Russia's attempts to disguise war

The draft law defines Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied territories as the territories over which Russia’s armed groups and Russian occupation administration have established control (including land, water, subsoil and air). The boundaries of such territories should be determined by the president on the proposal of the Defense Ministry based on the reccommendations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The total absence of Russian servicemen in the occupied territories should be confirmed by the Defense and Internal Ministry - they must together submit a communication to Ukraine’s president, who shall take the decision. The president will decide on the beginning and completion of measures to ensure national security and counteract Russian aggression.

Related: Ukraine intends to make war, creates platform for this, - militants on Donbas reintegration

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