Away from the “Russian world”. The reaction of politicians and experts on the adoption of the law on the return of the Donbass

Today, January 18, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was adopted the law on the reintegration of Donbass. For this decision voted 280 deputies of the 351 MPs present.

The adopted law recognizes Russia as an aggressor, which is responsible for committing crimes against the sovereignty of Ukraine and the permanent stay of divisions of armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Ukrainian state.

Surprisingly, the government’s decision was supported by deputies of several fractions.

In particular, non-faction MP Hanna hopko commented on the adoption of the law on his page on Facebook: “the Adopted law finally leads to compliance with our legal framework with international law and puts points over “I”. Russia recognized the aggressor state, the territory of certain districts of Donbass temporarily occupied, illegal structures that there are the Russian occupation administration. Responsible for all the consequences of the aggression and occupation in accordance with international law attributable to the state-aggressor”.


At the same time, hopko pointed out a basic flaw in the law.

“It (the law) applies only to the Donbass, not Crimea. In my opinion, to all the occupied territories should be of a uniform legal approach and the common law. This issue will have to return in the future,” the MP summed up.

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In particular, the Deputy of the faction “Samopomich” Yegor Sobolev said: “it was three years before the recognition of the Russian occupation was accepted by the representatives of the “Block Poroshenko”, “popular Front” and “Radical party”. While the proposal to limit trade with the occupier, they are not given enough votes. As for breaking the Treaty of friendship with Russia and for recognition “DNR-LNR” terrorist organizations.”

Sobolev also urged all to move on from the “Russian world”.

Vadim Ivchenko, Deputy of the faction “Fatherland”: “the Bill should clearly define the aggressor, to remove court fees from people who will sue the aggressor country, to determine the boundaries of the occupied territory. The document is important for the country, for international arbitration, for future lawsuits in favor of Ukraine and citizens in the European courts. But we need to see its final version.”

A member of the party “popular Front” Mikhail Khmil stated: “the law was we need, so we can not speak about the conflict in the East of Ukraine, and about a full hybrid war of Russia against our country, and bring Russia to justice for these crimes in international courts”.

On his page in Facebook member of the faction “block of Petro Poroshenko” Dmitry Andrievskiy congratulated his colleagues with the adoption of the law.

“Our military is on the front lines, weapons in hand, giving a fitting rebuff to the Russian occupation forces. Parliamentarians taking important laws of our country of historical significance!”.

A clear position was expressed by first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko.

“The law about de-occupation brings Ukrainian legislation closer to international and allows our diplomats to operate effectively in international courts. We need diplomatically to help our army win this war.”

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According to Alexander Turchinov, the new law creates an adequate legal and organizational conditions for the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

The “law on reintegration of Donbass will give strong arguments for our diplomats and lawyers at the international level in confronting Russian aggression”.

The law on the reintegration of Donbass will give strong arguments for our diplomats and lawyers at the international level
Oleksandr Turchynov

Turchinov said that the expansion of opportunities for the use of APU will strengthen positions of the Ukrainian military against the armed aggression by Russia.


The official added that Russia “clearly and unequivocally recognized as an aggressor state, and certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied.”

“It completely negates the attempt to mask Russian war against Ukraine under a “peacekeeping” operation and significantly strengthens the position of our country in international courts”, – concluded the Secretary of the NSDC.

The Chairman of the faction “Samopomich” Oleg Berezyuk also responded to the results of the vote: “the fact of the adoption is encouraging, but I suggest to wait for the final text, before you rejoice”.

Videosto the Ukrainians think about reintegration and the future status of Donbass

The Fund “Democratic initiative” and the Razumkov centre announced the results of sociological research. As it turned out, 49% of Ukrainians believe that for the sake of peace in the Donbass need to agree on a compromise. And peace at any price is final, only 18 percent of respondents. Unacceptable consider granting the Russian language state status, stated that 48 percent of respondents. Almost the same number of people – against the granting of special status to certain territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Even more namely, 57% of respondents were against full Amnesty for all combatants against the Ukrainian troops.

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In turn, many MPs protested the adoption of the law and spoke about the negative aspects of the innovation.

Thus, the MP of the faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko” Mustafa Nayem sees a number of shortcomings in the adopted law. In particular, he identified two main negative point: the “unprecedented and implicit authorizations for all persons involved in the implementation of national security and defense, resistance and containment of Russia’s military aggression in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.”

unprecedented and explicit authorizations for all persons involved in the implementation of national security
Mustafa Nayem

Nye notes that such persons will have the right to use weapons and special means, to detain and deliver the detainees to the authorities of national police check the citizens, and in case of absence of documents detain them for identification.

The people’s Deputy Nadezhda Savchenko also criticized the bill.

“This project is null and void. Reintegration is the bonding that broke, is the return of the people. There is nothing about people. There are certain concepts that are not legally fixed affiliation of the sequence and has not been properly”, – says Nadezhda Savchenko.

Ukrainian politog Oleg Sahakyan noted: “the draft law on reintegration is a stultification of the Ukrainian people. Under the beautiful words in the preamble, there is no liability in the text of the law for our everlasting enemy.”

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Taras Sumida, coordinator of the movement “Space of freedom”: “the President and the Armed Forces were given wide powers for the liberation of the territories – both diplomatic and forceful way.”

Unlike most factions, the Opposition bloc voted against this law. So, the statement indicated that the law “contradicts the national interests of Ukraine”, and “pre-election populism of the authorities would be costly to the country.”

Pre-election populism of the authorities would be costly to the country
The opposition bloc

“We are confident that any decisions that relate to the conflict in the Donbass should take into account primarily the interests of Ukrainian citizens and to ensure the integrity of the state. To strengthen, not undermine international efforts aimed at political settlement of the conflict”.

Recall that the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on de-occupation of Donbass. Before that, the deputies two days was considered about 600 edits to the document, so the final version of the law on the Parliament website yet.

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