Comment by the Information and Press Department in connection with Ukraine adopting the so-called Law on Re-integration and De-occupation of Donbass

Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:13

On January 18, the Ukrainian Rada adopted a draft law, in the second final reading, On the Specifics of the State Policy on Ensuring State Sovereignty of Ukraine over the Temporarily Occupied Territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Since it was approved in the first reading (October 6, 2017), this document, even though it was amended, has retained its main focus which is to legislatively reinforce Kiev’s commitment to resolve the “Donbass issue” by military force. In particular, it announced a reformatting of the so-called antiterrorist operation into a regular military effort and transferring command to the military, which will have all other law-enforcement and security departments subordinated to them. To this end, a “joint operational headquarters” approved by the President of Ukraine will be created, which will plan and engage armed forces against civilians throughout the country, not necessarily in southeastern Ukraine alone. And it will do so without the formal introduction of martial law. In fact, Poroshenko will receive unlimited near-dictatorial powers to suppress dissent and discontent. This is nothing short of preparations for a new war.

The law categorically alleges that Russia “is performing a criminal act of aggression” against Ukraine, and “temporarily occupies a portion of its territory,” governing Donbass with the help of the “occupation administration” controlled by Moscow. In fact, Kiev is trying to absolve itself of all responsibility for the destruction and suffering that the thoughtless actions of the Ukrainian authorities bring to the people, and to shift the blame to Russia.

Ukraine’s current “lawmaking” is completely at odds with the Minsk Agreements, which are a universally recognised and the exclusive basis for settling the conflict in Ukraine. There is no question of “reintegration.” On the contrary, everything is being done to continue to split Ukraine and alienate the citizens residing in Donbass. Kiev is burying the agreements reached in Minsk and the entire existing mechanism for finding mutually acceptable solutions, including the Normandy format, to overcome the internal Ukraine crisis.

Amazingly, the adoption of this law coincided in time with the announcement in Washington that the United States is willing to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Unfortunately, we are witnessing the creation of a situation fraught with a dangerous escalation in Ukraine and unpredictable consequences for global peace and security.

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