In the presidential draft law No. 7163 on de-occupation, the authors should determine that the armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine began in 2014 following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, according to Volodymyr Vasylenko, an international lawyer, Ukraine representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Vasylenko states that this law is essential, but needs modifying and re-building in a way to correspond to the norms of international law as well as to the legislation of Ukraine and to the vital interests of Ukraine.

“It may become then an instrument for achieving our ultimate goal – that is to solve the issue of forming a clear legal position in the matter of repelling the Russia’s armed aggression and eliminating its consequences. Unfortunately, today such position is not formulated,” he said.

Vasylenko notes that armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine followed the annexation of the Crimea.

“The draft law should formalize the fact that Ukraine has become an object of the Russian armed attack, which is considered to be an international crime in accordance with the UN resolution, as well as the fact that the armed attack took place in 2014 when Russian troops invaded Crimea. Those were the first recorded attacks and illegal interference by the Russian armed forces,” Vasylenko noted. “The draft law should formalize the fact that the consequences and results of the Russia’s armed aggression were the temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine (Crimea and Donbas). The draft law should clearly indicate that Russian armed forces accomplished the invasion,” the expert added.

Commenting on the peculiarities of the draft law #7163, Vasylenko said that this document is neither about de-occupation nor about reintegration.

“This law formalizes the situation which emerged as a result of Russia’s armed aggression.  It defines the framework for the activities of Ukrainian state bodies, the implementation of which would lead to de-occupation of the territory, and establish the grounds for implementation of Russia’s responsibility,” he emphasized.

On October 6th, Parliament adopted a presidential law on the extension of the special status of Donbas. The law was signed by the Speaker of the Parliament the same day.

Also, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine upheld on the first reading the Poroshenko’s law №7163 “On the peculiarities of the state policy to ensure the state sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”.
Earlier QHA informed that President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting of the faction "Petro Poroshenko Bloc" announced the need to pass a bill on securing sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories of the Donbas and agreed that the document should include the Crimean issue.