The so-called draft bill on Donbas reintegration will introduce the term “Russian occupational power” into Ukrainian legislation, as Evropeiska Pravda informs, linking to their source in the Presidential Administration.
“We are introducing the term “Russian occupational power”. We are also stating that Ukraine doesn’t bear any responsibility for the actions of the occupational power and finds the documents adopted by the occupational power worthless,” the source said.
According to the source, the Presidential Administration and the “partners of the draft bill” have finished working on it, though it’s still unclear who will introduce it to the Parliament. The source made an assumption that it could be done by the President, as the matter is urgent.
The source also noted that some changes have been made in the draft after consulting with the international partners, including the countries of the Normandy Four, and the US. Thus Russia will be recognized as an aggressor country by law. The term ATO (anti-terrorist operation), currently used to describe the work of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbas conflict zone, will be replaced with a new one.
The Presidential Administration expects that the document will give Ukraine more leverage in the International court of Justice, as well as help Kyiv agree upon the necessary for Ukraine format of the peacekeeping mission to Donbas.
“The basic principle of the UN peacekeeping missions – impartiality. And we will be able to demand the absence of Russians in the mission, if Russia is recognized as an aggressor country,” the source said.
As it was reported earlier, the issue of deplying a UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas is currently being discussed. Ukraine objects to having peacekeepers from Russia participating in the UN mission, as well as insists on deploying the mission all over the occupied territory of Donbas, including the Ukrainian-Russian border.