Turchynov introduces concept bill on Donbas de-occupation – Rada Speaker

22:22, 19 June 2017
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Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy has said that Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov introduced the concept bill on de-occupation of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions at the meeting of the People's Front faction, according to the Hromadske media outlet.


"The concept is being discussed right now, and this is the right approach to initially determine the law's main positions," said Parubiy, who also participated in the meeting, Hromadske reported.

"Actually, this is a change in status, recognition of the occupied territories as formally occupied ones and most importantly is the definition of legal prerequisites for conducting hostilities and military operations so that this law give such a legislative right for the commander-in-chief and the National Security and Defense Council," he said.

According to Parubiy, the text of the bill is not ready yet and it is only a concept.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Turchynov said Ukraine needs a new format to counter the hybrid warfare waged by the Russian Federation.

Read alsoSome 200,000 Russians to leave Crimea after de-occupation – ChubarovTurchynov suggested that not only uncontrolled areas in Luhansk and Donetsk regions should be designated as Russian-occupied territory, but also laws should be passed to stipulate the state policy to liberate them.

This requires new effective regulations of protecting Ukraine from the aggressor, he said.

Among them is to legislatively empower the president to use the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other law enforcement formations to counter Russian aggression.

Turchynov also advocated the creation of an operational headquarters with broad powers for the integrated management of the armed forces, all law enforcement units and structures, including military and civilian administrations.

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