The law on the Donbass entered into force

Закон по Донбассу вступил в силу

The law on the reintegration of Donbass

The law defines Russia as the aggressor and commits that the temporary Russian occupation of the territory of Ukraine is illegal and does not create for Russia’s territorial rights.

Saturday, 24 February, came into force a law On the peculiarities of the state policy on ensuring state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

It was published on the eve of the official Verkhovna Rada newspaper Holos Ukrainy. The document comes into force on the day following the official promulgation, i.e. on Saturday, February 24.

Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on the reintegration of Donbass on 20 February. According to the document Ukraine considers the territory of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied by Russia. Also, the Russian Federation officially recognized as a country-aggressor.

In response to the Ukrainian law the state Duma has prepared a sharp statement in which has accused Ukraine in an effort to “depopulate the earth, with a population of several million people.”

Earlier, foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Ukraine “will make a colossal mistake by scrapping the Minsk agreements,” if the law on the reintegration of Donbass will be finally adopted.

At the same time the representative of US state Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker believes that the law on the reintegration of Donbass will not greatly change the situation in the region.

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