Poroshenko signs law on conditions for peace settlement of Donbas crisis
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed Law No. 2197-VIII "On creating the necessary conditions for a peace settlement of the situation in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions", adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on October 6, the president's press service told UNIAN.
The law determines that in the pursuit of the restoration of territorial integrity, Ukraine remains committed to a peace settlement of the situation in certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the basis of the principles and norms of international law and the UN Charter. The law also notes that Ukraine's sovereignty extends over its entire territory, which is integral and inviolable within the internationally recognized borders.
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Poroshenko also stressed that "a responsible majority vote will help our army continue to keep the defense with a minimum of victims, as well as diplomats to strengthen international pressure on Russia."
He noted that the law "On creating the necessary conditions for a peace settlement of the situation in certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions" prolongs the previously adopted law for one year.
Poroshenko recalled that many representatives of political forces "frightened with horrors" during the first adoption of this law three years ago.
"But I emphasize that none of the negative outlooks have come true for these three years," the president said.
"Then and now, the possibility of implementing the law is strictly conditioned by a number of requirements to Russia as an aggressor and occupier and to its puppet regimes. First of all, the demand for the withdrawal of Russian troops, illegal armed formations, the withdrawal of military equipment from the territory of Ukraine, and the norm on the conformity of political processes to the OSCE standards," Poroshenko said.
Read alsoKremlin not happy about Ukraine's new bill calling Russia "aggressor state"He also noted that, according to Ukraine's envoy to the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup and First Deputy Chairperson of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko, the Russians did not hide their hopes for the failure of voting in the Verkhovna Rada of the law "On creating the necessary conditions for a peace settlement of the situation in certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, since "it would untie their hands on the contact line and help relieve the burden of sanctions."