Parliamentary committee discusses major provisions of Donbas reintegration bill
The Verkhovna Rada committee on national security and defense discussed on November 8 the major provisions that could be reflected in the second reading of bill No. 7163 on securing Ukraine's sovereignty in Donbas, including the provision on the date of the beginning of Russian aggression.
An Interfax-Ukraine reporter said that committee secretary Ivan Vinnyk (the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction) voiced positions on the key provisions of the draft law prepared by a working group consisting of a representative of the committee, a representative of the Ukrainian president in the Verkhovna Rada, as well as representatives of the foreign, justice ministries and the Presidential Administration.
According to Vinnyk, it is proposed to change the title of the bill and name it "The draft law on restoring Ukraine's state sovereignty over Ukrainian territories temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation."
In addition, he noted that the working group was in favor of determining in the preamble of the draft law the date of the beginning of Russian aggression - February 20, 2014.
The working group also formulated proposals on the use of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas.
In addition, the working group wants the preamble of the draft law include a reference to Crimea and also considers it expedient to return to the draft law the provisions mentioning the Minsk agreements. Such a provision was removed from the text of the document during the vote for this bill at first reading.
Many committee members expressed their support for the proposals of the working group. However, they insisted that the committee proceed to vote for specific proposals. The head of the committee, Serhiy Pashynsky, ignored their proposals. He insisted that the committee should agree on the major provisions to be reflected in the second reading of the bill and then, at the next meeting, move directly to the vote for specific wording and articles of the draft law.
MPs submitted almost 700 amendments before the second reading of the bill.
As reported, bill No. 7163 on the peculiarities of the state policy on securing Ukraine's state sovereignty over temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions was registered in the Verkhovna Rada on October 4, 2017. Ukrainian lawmakers adopted this bill at first reading on October 6.