The Law On the specifics of the state policy on ensuring state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, known as Donbas reintegration law, has been officially published in the newspaper of the Ukrainian Parliament on Feb. 23.
President Petro Poroshenko signed the law on Feb. 20.
“In this law, we define Russia as the aggressor country. This law sufficiently broadens the legal basis for deploying the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other enforcement units for defending our country. It is crucial that the law settles legal mechanisms of returning these territories by means of politics and diplomacy,' he said.
Poroshenko also noted that this law doesn’t break any international obligations of Ukraine, including the Minsk agreements, despite Russia’s attempts to make it look so.
Last month, the Ukrainian parliament passed the law about the reintegration of Donbas, defining the legal status of certain areas of Donbas and Luhansk regions as 'the occupied territories'. The official date of the beginning of the occupation is February 20, 2014. Russia is also considered responsible for numerous human rights violations in the occupied territories.