Ukraine's parliament to provide volunteers with war veteran status

323 MPs supported the bill; the document will be prepared for the second reading on the simplified procedure
14:57, 29 October 2019

Verkhovna Rada of 9th convocation, first session, August 31, 2019
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the bill #2045-1 on the provision of the status of the war veteran to the volunteers as the basis. 323 MPs supported the bill and 318 lawmakers voted for the preparation of the document for the second reading on the simplified procedure as 112 Ukraine reported.

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.

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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.

According to the bill, the proper decision will be made by a special interdepartmental commission. It is established that the order of the provision of the status to the volunteers will be established by the government.  

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 the people is needed.

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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 get the war veteran status on the simplified procedure.

As we reported the law, which recognizes those who fought for Ukraine’s independence in the 20th century as veterans came into force on March 26, 2019.

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