Rada prolongs bill on special self-government for separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted in principle and as a whole the bill #7164 "On creation of necessary conditions for peace settlement of the situation in separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions."

229 MPs have supported the bill, Censor.NET reports.

The adoption of the bill means that the Rada has prolonged for another year the law on special order of self-government in separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk region, which had to lose force on Oct. 18, 2017. At the same time, an amendment has been proposed stipulating that the special order comes into effect only after Russian troops are withdrawn from the Donbas.

"In September 2014, Ukraine had a few military instruments to counter the second largest army in the world, the Russian army, which committed an act of military aggression against Ukraine. Back then, a bill comprising 10 articles was passed, and many of the articles are causing stir in the society.

"What are we doing now? Now, we keep in place one article of the entire law, article 10. Nine articles will never come into effect. The bill proposes to prolong the high-profile law only in part of article 10 in case if all military units are withdrawn from Ukraine, and the rest of the conditions of the article are fulfilled.

"We are doing this for Ukrainian diplomacy only, to secure the diplomats with a request to withdraw Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine," Ivan Vinnyk, representative of the national security committee said during the discussion.

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The bill was supported by 122 MPs from Petro Poroshenko Bloc, 59 MPs from the People's Front, nine MPs from the Opposition Bloc, one Samopomich faction member, 19 members of Vidrodzhennia group, one MP from the Radical Party, eight Volia Narodu faction members, and 10 independent parliament members.

Batkivshchyna faction was the only one not to support the bill.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n458256