Ukraine passes bill on war-torn eastern regions
Saturday, January 20, 2018
On Thursday, the Ukrainian passed a new bill called the "Donbass reintegration law". It describes the regions — — of and as being "temporarily occupied" by Russia and declares Russia to be the "aggressor".
Ukrainian President ((ukr))Ukrainian language: Ми продовжуватимемо прокладати шлях для реінтеграції окупованих українських земель політико-дипломатичним шляхом. Former Prime Minister said this forms a legal basis for a peacekeeping force to "remove the Russian army from Ukrainian territory". Legislator commented on why the Minsk agreement was not mentioned in the bill: "We can't embed diplomatic and political agreements that are prone to change into the Ukrainian legislation".stated on , "We will continue to pave the way for reintegration of the occupied Ukrainian lands through political and diplomatic steps."
Russia's foreign ministry quickly denounced the law and claimed it was proof Ukraine is preparing for a new war. Furthermore, the law "risked a dangerous escalation in Ukraine with unpredictable consequences for world peace and security", the official statement said.
"Kiev has gone from sabotaging the Minsk agreements to burying them," said, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee for the in Russia. , leader of one of the rebel groups in eastern Ukraine, also expressed sharp criticism. Zakharchenko said it was a violation of the Minsk agreement and could lead to an escalation of the armed conflict.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine began shortly after Russia annexedin 2014 and has by reports claimed over 10,000 lives. About 1.7 million people, reports, have been displaced from their homes due to the fighting.
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- "Ukraine declares Russian 'occupation' in eastern region" — , January 18, 2018
- "Russia says Ukraine's law calling it an 'aggressor' is preparation for a 'new war'" — , January 18, 2018
- Петро Порошенко on Twitter" — , January 18, 2018 (). "