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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has vetoed the bill on the forcible chemical castration of pedophiles.

The draft law on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine regarding tougher responsibility for crimes committed against minors on Wednesday was returned to parliament with the president's remarks, according to the parliament's website.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, the bill was passed by 247 MPs on July 11.

It amends the Criminal Code of Ukraine by strengthening responsibility for the rape and sexual abuse of minors.

New Article 59-1 "Forced chemical castration" is being introduced into the Criminal Code. According to the article, the punishment in the form of compulsory chemical castration means the forced injection of antiandrogenic drugs reducing libido.

It is stipulated the compulsory chemical castration shall not be applied to persons who have committed crimes under the age of 18 and over the age of 65.

On July 19, the bill was signed by the then Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy and sent to Zelensky for signature.