Donbas bill: Ukraine will return to you, and you to Ukraine


President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says the bill #7164 on restoring state sovereignty of Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions provides for a peaceful, political and diplomatic way as the best way to settle the situation, and strengthens the position of Ukraine in the matter of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.

“The law on de-occupation, the Law on the return of Ukrainian sovereignty to the Donbas brings the legal field into harmony with the real state of affairs. The territories are legally proclaimed temporarily occupied by Russian occupation troops. Ukraine qualifies Russia as an aggressor country. And for ourselves, we record the right to self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations.

“This further strengthens the legal framework for the use of the Armed Forces, expands their capabilities in the region.

“This strengthens the arguments in favor of giving defensive weapons to Ukraine,” Poroshenko said of the bill.

Although the law goes in details into the military aspect of the fighting in the Donbas, the president said, it declares a peaceful, political and diplomatic way as the best way to settle the situation.

“It sends a clear signal to all citizens in Russia-occupied territories: Ukraine will return to you, and you to Ukraine. Because we are a united and indivisible country,” Poroshenko said.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in principle and as a whole the bill #7164 “On creation of necessary conditions for peace settlement of the situation in separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions” on Oct. 6 with 229 votes. The adoption of the bill means that the Rada has prolonged for another year the law on special order of self-government in separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk region, which had to lose force on Oct. 18, 2017. At the same time, an amendment has been proposed stipulating that the special order comes into effect only after Russian troops are withdrawn from the Donbas.

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