The law "On the peculiarities of the state policy to ensure the state sovereignty of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Lugansk regions", also known as the law on the reintegration of Donbass, was published on Friday in the parliamentary publication "The Voice of Ukraine". The document will come into force on the next day after publication, that is, on February 24.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted the document on 18 January. On February 20, President Pyotr Poroshenko signed it. In this law, areas beyond Kiev's control are called "temporarily occupied territories", Russia's actions are qualified as "aggression against Ukraine", and the president is given the right to use armed forces inside the country without the consent of the parliament, including "liberation of the territories" in the east of the country. For this purpose, the Joint Operational Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be created to control all the forces and military-civilian administrations in the conflict zone. In addition, after the amendment, all references to the Minsk agreements were removed from the text of the document.
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko believes that the law on the reintegration of Donbass systematizes the use of the Armed Forces and the fulfillment of combat missions, and also changes the format of the so-called anti-terrorist operation in Donbass into the operation of the joint forces. He also noted that the transition to the new format of the operation will allow "more efficient use of the army, and the headquarters of the joined forces will be headed by a man with combat experience."
DONi News Agency