The Law of Ukraine “On the amendment of some legislative acts of Ukraine on the provision of the status and social guarantees to certain persons among the partakers of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO)” was published in the official parliamentary newspaper Holos Ukrayiny.
It is planned to provide the war veteran status to the volunteers who participated in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) at least 30 days before the law on Donbas reintegration came into force. However, later their volunteer formations did not enter the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Interior Ministry, the National Guard, and other military formations and law enforcement bodies created in accordance with Ukrainian legislation.
Nevertheless, a fighter who provided the holding of the anti-terrorist operation would be excluded from the list of those who had the right to obtain the status of the war variant.
Thus, such a status would not be provided to the workers of the enterprises, establishments, organizations, which participated in the ATO and provides the holding of the ATO, including the volunteers.
The decision on the provision of such a status will be made by the inter-departmental commission.
A veteran should provide a certificate to the authorized body on the fight against terrorism on the implementation of military tasks of ATO, or extract from the order of the Antiterrorist Center of the Security Service to get the status of the war veteran. The alternative is to collect the notarized evidence of the brothers in arms with such status. If a veteran suffered a concussion, wound in the result of the combat actions, then two testimonies are enough; in another case, the testimony of three people is needed.
If a person is provided with the status of persons with disabilities in the result of the war and the disability is not established after the repeated examination, a person gets the war veteran status on the simplified procedure.
The law will come into force on December 25 and it will start to act from January 1, 2020.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the bill #2045-1 by the votes of 329 MPs on December 4, 2019.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law on December 23, 2019.