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Opposition blocks signing of draft law on Donbas reintegration
16:19, 19 January 2018
Opposition blocks signing of draft law on Donbas reintegration

Andry Paruby, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada will not able to sign the document and pass it to Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine until the MPs consider and reject this regulation

16:19, 19 January 2018

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The regulation #7163-P on the cancelation of the adoption of the draft law on the Donbas reintegration was registered at the Ukrainian parliament. The authors of the initiative are Yury Boiko, Oleksandr Vilkul and Mykhailo Paliev, the representatives of the Opposition Bloc.

Andry Paruby, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada will not able to sign the document and pass it to Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine until the MPs consider and reject this regulation. The next plenary day is planned for February 6. The document will not be signed, published and it will not come into force until this date.

Related: Law on Donbas reintegration: A brief summary of the document

As we reported the Ukrainian parliament adopted as a whole the bill on the state policy aiming to secure the sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on January 18. 280 MPs voted 'for'.

Related: Russia condemns Ukraine's law about Donbas reintegration

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. Also, the Russian Federation is officially recognized as an aggressor country.

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