Rada Committee supports special status bill with Donbass 'de-occupation' amendment

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Security and Defense recommended on Thursday that the parliament consider a law on the special status, taking into account the amendment made to it on the "de-occupation" of Donbass.

The document has been reviewed again, after the previous version had been rejected and again submitted by the President, based on the suggestions made by the deputies. As a result, according to the final version of the bill, the extension of the special status for certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions for another year will only happen after "all the illegal armed formations and military equipment, as well as militants and mercenaries are withdrawn from these territories."

Thus, if the Verkhovna Rada approves this version of the bill, clause 10 of the Donbass special status law, which was adopted as early as 2014, will be amended completely, in which its entry into force was stipulated by local elections in the region.

Following the results of the committee meeting, its secretary Ivan Vinnik stated that "only Article 10 [on elections in Donbass – ed.] will be left from the bill, which causes a lot of controversy, and only in the part concerning security measures; the decision to designate elections before these territories are liberated is insignificant, because this clause is about 2014, and now is 2017."

DONi News Agency