The Verkhovna Rada supported the bill which provides for an additional protection of the foreigners and stateless people who took part in the protection of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine. 252 people’s deputies voted affirmatively, as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
The bill provides that the foreigners, who fought in Donbas on the Ukrainian side, might get a residence permit, having proved their participation on the Anti-terrorist operation or Joint Forces Operation. Besides, it is banned to demand the documents which provide the visit to the country of origin or appeal to its official authorities from the citizens of the aggressor state or the countries which did not recognize Russian aggression against Ukraine.
A foreigner, who has participated in the Anti-terrorist operation or Joint Forces Operation voluntary, cannot be denied of providing a residential permit for violating the term of stay in Ukraine or absence of a registered place of residence.
The document forbids to extradite the foreigners-volunteers to Russia or to the countries which do not recognize Russian aggression against Ukraine (The Cabinet of Ministers will confirm the list of such countries).
Reportedly, in May of 2018, a law on social protection of foreign contracted soldiers of the Armed Forces came into force. If a foreign contracted soldier dies or becomes disabled, they or their families will be receiving the same one-time assistance as the Ukrainian soldier of the Armed Forces.