Ex-Vice-Premier of Ukraine: 'ATO' participants to face prison

The law on the reintegration of Donbass, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, will make the participants of the military operation in the region criminals, believes Roman Bessmertny, the former Vice-Premier of Ukraine.

"The President and deputies should get to realize that once the president and the political situation in the country are changed, 'ATO' fighters will find themselves imprisoned under articles concerning illegal possession of weapons, group robbery, banditry," he told Apostrophe edition.

According to him, the introduction of troops to the territory of localities without official recognition of the war is fraught with the fact that the military may be sent to prison.

"And it pangs me: today's heroes may find themselves behind bars," added Bessmertny, a former representative of Ukraine to the Minsk negotiations.

Recently, the Rada has adopted a bill on the Donbass reintegration in the first reading. It calls Russia an aggressor country. The document gives the President the right to use the army in Donbass in peacetime in order to protect the sovereignty of the country. This will allow to legalize the use of troops in Donbass without the declaration of war.

Moscow diplomats said that the document contradicted the Minsk agreements and undermined the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass.

DONi News Agency