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05.10.2017
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov presented in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the draft law On the aspects of state policy of the restoration of Ukraine's state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhans

The text of the speech:

 Dear Chairman, dear people's deputies!

 The proposed draft law has a strategic meaning for our country. It establishes legal and organizational conditions for the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the complete de-occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The bill ensures Ukraine's solid and steadfast legal stance in international courts, in negotiation processes, blocks any attempts of the Russian Federation to continue aggression, disguising under peacekeepers. The main thing is that the bill clearly and unequivocally defines the Russian Federation as an aggressor state and that the territories of some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are occupied.

The draft law introduces the concept of the occupational administration of the Russian Federation, which, under the guise of self-proclaimed bodies, implements the tasks of the Russian political and military leadership on the temporarily occupied territories.

Activities in the occupied territory of the Russian Armed Forces, the military formations under their control, and the occupational administration of the Russian Federation contravene the norms of international humanitarian law, are illegal, and any legal acts issued in connection with such activities are null and void and do not create legal consequences.

The bill defines that within the temporarily occupied territory, there exists a special procedure for ensuring the rights and freedoms of the civilian population, secured in the national legislation and the norms of international humanitarian law.

The right to private property is decisive for all civilized states. Therefore, the draft law stipulates that individuals and legal entities retain property rights and other real property rights, including real estate, located in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, if it is acquired under the laws of Ukraine.

The draft law defines the following priorities of state policy:

the liberation of the occupied territories and the restoration of the Constitutional order on them; protection of rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of Ukrainian citizens who suffered from Russian aggression;

strengthening independence, statehood, ensuring unity and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state.

The bill introduces an effective military operation management system to counter Russian aggression and liberate the occupied territories. According to the bill, the decision of the President of Ukraine on the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations for this purpose is approved.

It is established that direct command of all forces and means used to ensure national security in Donetsk and Luhansk regions is entrusted to the Joint Operational Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

A single vertical is created to provide for the planning, organization, and control of the implementation of defense and security tasks in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in particular, the direction and coordination of military-civilian and military administrations.

It is vital that all privileges of the ATO participants are saved for our military servicemen and law-enforcement officers.

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize that the adoption of the draft law will establish conditions for efficiently protecting Ukraine's national security, rebuffing Russia's military aggression, and liberating the territories occupied by the Russian Federation.

Thank you for attention.

 


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