The law On peculiarities of state policy on ensuring state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions published in Friday’s issue of the newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the Voice Ukraine. The document comes into force on the day following the official promulgation, i.e. on Saturday, February 24.
Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on the reintegration of Donbass on 20 February. According to the document Ukraine considers the territory of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied by Russia. Also, the Russian Federation officially recognized as a country-aggressor.
In response to the Ukrainian law the state Duma has prepared a sharp statement in which has accused Ukraine in an effort to “depopulate the earth, with a population of several million people.”
Earlier, foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Ukraine “will make a colossal mistake by scrapping the Minsk agreements,” if the law on the reintegration of Donbass will be finally adopted.