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Law on Donbas reintegration has nothing to do with reintegration

Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the former head of Donetsk Military Civil Administration, criticized Poroshenko's law on Donbas, signed in February
12:37, 10 October 2018

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The law on Donbas reintegration has nothing to do with reintegration, said Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the former head of Donetsk Military Civil Administration on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel in The Pulse program.

“The law on the so-called reintegration of Donbas has nothing to do with the reintegration. There are two things in this law: recognition of Russia as an aggressor and change of the Anti-Terrorist Operation to the Joint Forces Operation. Unfortunately, for today, there is no vision on how to draw in people from the temporarily occupied territories to Ukraine. The only thing discussed actively now is the creation of communities on the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk. There is no step by step policy concerning this for today. We have the Ministry, but no step by step policy,” Zhebrivsky noted.

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As it was reported earlier, Ukraine’s President Poroshenko signed the law on Donbas reintegration on February 20.

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'.

Earlier, 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 considered responsible for numerous human rights violations in the occupied territories. 

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