Ukrainian MPs extend Donbas special governance status for one year

On Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament put to a vote the force of the law on the exceptional status of the occupied areas in the east of the country.

Source: TV Rada

The law on the self-governance in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk republics was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada in September 2014 and entered into force on October 18, 2014 for a period of three years.

“In favour: 320 – the resolution was carried. The law has gone through,” Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, said.

Only deputies of the Voice party led by singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk were against; the Fatherland faction abstained.

“[President of Russia Vladimir] Putin dreams of the cancellation of the bill on the special status of Donbas. If we vote in favor, we will help our army to hold the line with fewer losses. The diplomats should continue working in coalition. We are state-minded people. We do not change our principles. That is why we vote in favour,” news agency Interfax quotes former Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, who is now a member of the European Solidarity faction.

The bill extends for the one year the temporary special procedure of local self-governance in the separatists controlled areas in line with Article 1 of Ukraine’s law on the special procedure of local self-governance in some districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It provides for the appointment of heads of prosecutor offices and courts by local councils. The special status also authorizes the use of the Russian language in public institutions on an equal footing with the Ukrainian language.

The act is an attempt to legally solve the problem of the lack of control over part of the country’s territory.

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