Law on Donbas reintegration comes into force
The law on the peculiarities of the state policy on securing Ukraine's state sovereignty over temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which was published in the parliament's Holos Ukrainy newspaper on February 23, has come into force.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on January 18, 2018. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the document on February 20.
The law determines that temporary occupation of Ukrainian territory by Russia, regardless of its duration, is illegal and does not create any territorial rights for Russia.
The law recognizes as temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions the parts of Ukrainian territory within which armed formations and the Russian occupation administration have established and are exercising general control of the land territory and its internal waters within certain areas, towns, settlements and villages of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, inland sea waters adjacent to this territory, subsoil beneath the territories and airspace over these territories.
The preamble of the law, in the clause defining the date of the beginning of Russia's occupation of part of Ukrainian territory, refers to the law on ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and the legal regime in temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, in which the date for the beginning of the occupation of Crimea is determined.
Borders and a list of areas, populated localities of temporarily occupied territories in Donbas will be determined by Ukraine's president under a motion from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which should be prepared on the basis of proposals of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.