Today, on December 23, 2019, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Law of Ukraine “On the amendment of some legislation acts of Ukraine on the provision of the status and social guarantees to certain persons among the partakers of the Anti-Terrorist Operation”, which settled the provision of the status of the partaker of the combat actions by the volunteers.
The law provides the possibility of the members of the volunteer formations who participated in the defense of independence and sovereignty of Ukraine during the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) and did not enter the composition of the military and security services to get the official status of the partaker of the combat actions. Consequently, they also receive the social guarantees provided by the law of Ukraine on the veterans and the members of their families.
The decision on the provision of such a status will be made by the inter-departmental commission. The law considers the provision of the status to people who participated in the ATO at least for 30 days (including the summation of days of stay).
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the bill #2045-1 by the votes of 329 MPs on December 4, 2019.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada adopted bill No. 1198 on the right of people with disabilities due to participation in Anti-terrorist operation in Donbas, Joint Forces Operation or military conflicts in other countries, as well as volunteers to receive assistance in medical institutions of the Ministry of Defense.