Rada's National Security Committee completes drafting bill on Donbas reintegration
Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense has finalized the preparation of the draft law on Donbas reintegration for the second reading, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
During a Nov. 17 committee meeting, the lawmakers agreed on the latest controversial provisions, in particular, Article 10.
"We have agreed upon all [provisions]. This is the last article. Who supports the bill in the second reading and as a whole as reviewed by the committee?" Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense Serhiy Pashynskiy asked the deputies, putting the article to the vote.
The committee members supported the bill. Secretary of the committee Ivan Vinnyk noted "that was an epochal moment."
As UNIAN reported earlier, bill No. 7163 on the specifics of the state policy regarding the state sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions passed its first reading on October 6. Some 233 members of the Verkhovna Rada voted for the bill.
Pashynskiy said that almost 800 amendments had been submitted by the second reading, including the one that stipulated the breaking of diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation within three months after the law on reintegration has entered into force.
In addition, the draft law proposes to consider February 20, 2014, the date of the beginning of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. The working group also suggested changing the name of the draft law to the following: "On the specifics of the state policy for restoring the state sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions,"
On November 15, the profile parliamentary committee failed to finalize the draft law, as a dispute arose among its members over Article 10.