Poroshenko signs law on strengthening protection of Ukrainians held by militants or in Russia
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law introducing amendments to supplement No. 3 to the law on Ukraine's state budget for 2018 on strengthening the protection of Ukrainians imprisoned by illegal armed groups, the occupation administration or authorities of the Russian Federation, according to the website of the head of state.
"The said changes will help expand the areas of the use of budget funds related to social rehabilitation, the provision of medical and social services, and the payment of state scholarships named after Levko Lukyanenko to the mentioned category of people," the statement reads.
The law changes the name of the budget program envisaged by the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons to the new wording "Measures to protect and ensure the rights and interests, social rehabilitation of persons deprived of personal liberty by illegal armed groups, the occupation administration and/or authorities of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and in the territory of the Russian Federation in connection with the public or political activities of these persons, as well as support for persons and their family members, including reimbursement of losses associated with visits to them, the provision of legal aid, medical and social services to such persons and their family members, and the payment of state scholarships named after Levko Lukyanenko."