Donbas reintegration law published by Ukrainian media
The Law on Specifics of State Policy to Ensure the State Sovereignty of Ukraine in the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions was published by the parliamentary newspaper Holos Ukrayiny on Friday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the reintegration bill into law on February 20.
The Verkhovna Rada passed the document on January 18, 2018. The law states that "Russia's temporary occupation of the Ukrainian territories is illegal irrespective of its duration and does not create any territorial rights of Russia."
The law designates as the 'temporarily occupied territories' of Donetsk and Luhansk region the parts of Ukraine where "armed units and the occupation authority of Russia have established and exercise general control over the land and internal waters within the limits of particular districts, cities, settlements, and villages of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the sea waters adjoining those territories, the subsoil of those territories, and the airspace above them."
There is a special procedure for observing civil rights and freedoms in the 'temporarily occupied territories' of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the law said.