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Zelensky proposes to remove special status of Sevastopol from Constitution of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the proposed changes, the president will have his representative in Kyiv - prefect. Sevastopol will be assigned to the unit of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
13:24, 17 December 2019

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his draft law proposed to amend the Constitution and remove the norm on special status of the city of Sevastopol. Bill #2598 does not mention Sevastopol and the only city with special status is the capital Kyiv.

“The system of the administrative and territorial structure of Ukraine consists of such units: communities, districts, regions, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea...The legal status of the city of Kyiv as the capital of Ukraine is established by a separate law,” the document reads.

According to the proposed changes, the president will have his representative in Kyiv - prefect. Sevastopol will be assigned to the unit of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

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The current wording of the Constitution has it that the city of Sevastopol has a separate legal status at the same level with the regions and Kyiv.

Sevastopol was not a part of Crimea even in the times of the USSR. In the early years of Ukraine's independence, Kyiv tried to annex the city to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, due to the disputes with Russia about the city's status, the Constitution of 1996 stated that Sevastopol was a city with a special status.  

After the annexation of Crimea by Russia, Sevastopol retained its special status.

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