President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko suggests that the Ukrainian Parliament recognize the territories of Donbas seized by militants as occupied by Russian Federation. The suggestion was made in the draft bill “On specifics of state policy on ensuring Ukraine’s sovereignty over temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions” proposed to Rada today.
In particular, the occupied land and internal waters within cities, districts, towns, and villages, where the occupational power and overall control of Russian Armed Forces are established, are recognized as such occupied by Russia.
“The boundaries of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are determined by a submission of the General Staff of Ukraine by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine,” the document says.
The law also noted that the legal status of these territories is defined by the afore-mentioned draft bill, and the principles of international law.
The occupation by Russia is unlawful and doesn’t give Russia any territorial rights, the draft bill says. “The actions of the armed forces and other military groups of Russian Federation and occupational administration of Russian Federation contradict the norms of international humanitarian law, is unlawful, and any act issued by such activity is invalid, and doesn’t cause legal consequences,” the President’s bill reads.
The aim of the state policy as to ensuring the sovereignty over the occupied territories is to free them and restore the constitutional order there.