Rada may consider Donbass reintegration bill on January 16

The Verkhovna Rada will begin the plenary week on January 16 with consideration of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass. This was reported on Thursday by the deputy from the Radical Party Igor Popov.

"So far, the first issue on Tuesday is the consideration of the bill on de-occupation ("On the peculiarities of the state policy to ensure the state sovereignty of Ukraine over temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions"- ed.) in the second reading. It is a very serious law, there are a few amendments to it, but they are fundamental. These are the amendments that refer to the mention of the Crimea in this law. I think that the discussion can drag on for the whole Tuesday, and this will be the main issue," he said in a televised broadcast of 112.Ukraina.

Earlier, the Rada repeatedly postponed consideration of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass. Initially, it was planned to consider it in the second reading before the end of 2017.

On November 17, the National Security and Defense Committee of the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution to recommend deputies to adopt the bill "On the peculiarities of the state policy for ensuring Ukraine's state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions" in general and coordinated all amendments to the draft.

The draft law calls the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics "occupied territories", Russia the "occupier" and officially fixes the notion of "Russian aggression". Measures to reintegrate the region are reduced to a force scenario and political and diplomatic pressure on Russia. During the first reading in parliament, all references to the Minsk agreements and norms referring to them were excluded from the document. A number of Ukrainian experts have already expressed the opinion that this law will only postpone and complicate the tasks of a peaceful settlement in Donbass.

According to the UN, the bill does not fully protect human rights and must be finalized.

DONi News Agency