Ukrainian parliament unblocks signing of draft law on Donbas reintegration

Source : 112 Ukraine

The MPs rejected the proper decree of the Opposition Bloc: 37 MP voted for and 158 voted against the decree
11:41, 6 February 2018

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine rejected the decree #7163-p on the cancelation of the adoption of the draft law 'On peculiarities of the state policy on the provision of the state sovereignty of Ukraine over occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions' as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

Andry Paruby, the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament can sign the draft law and submit it for the sign of Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine.

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The Opposition Bloc blocked the signing of the draft law on Donbas reintegration on January 19.

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'.

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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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