Europe & UK

January 19, 2018

Bill to recover regions occupied by Russia passed: Ukraine parliament


On January 18, the Ukraine Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) passed a bill which recognizes regions presently under Russia-backed separatist control as “occupied” and upholds fetching those areas through political and diplomatic means while allowing for military action.

Out of the 450-member parliament, 280 members approved the bill and it was endorsed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The new bill labels Russia as an “aggressor” and sustains a ban on trade and a transportation blockade of the eastern regions put into action in 2017, in addition to recognition of the areas as “occupied”.

The peace deals reached in Minsk in 2015 by Ukrainian, Russian, French and German leaders. They were not mentioned in the bill. The peace deals agreed upon by the countries comprised of provisions for de-escalation and self-government for separatists areas.

The bill’s support for reforming of these areas has incited criticism from Russian foreign policy officials and separatists who see the legislation as damaging the peace deals in Minsk.

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