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Poroshenko announced bill on Donbas reintegration

The president stressed the importance of providing ATO fighters with all the capabilities to counteract Russian aggression.

President Petro Poroshenko says he has instructed to draft a bill on the reintegration of Donbas, which will suggest a number of measures aimed to return the occupied territories. "On my instructions, a draft legislative act was drafted, entitled "On the reintegration of the occupied Ukrainian territories of Donbas. It contains a number of measures and steps that need to be taken to ensure reintegration and determination of the legal regime," Poroshenko said as quoted by his website on 14 June.

According to the president, experts and legislators are involved in drafting the bill, which is based on the conditions set out in the Minsk agreements.

Poroshenko also noted that the work on the draft law will be accompanied by political and diplomatic efforts, which have already yielded results. "The doors of the European Union are opened for Ukrainians, as recognition of the effectiveness of Ukrainian reforms in all areas," he emphasized.

The president also stated the need to continue the policy of sanctions against the aggressor country.

Meanwhile, Poroshenko noted the importance of providing Ukrainian servicemen with all the capabilities to counteract the aggression of the Russian Federation.

"If we abolish the ATO without enabling our military to adequately respond in the conditions of aggression, we would leave Ukraine defenceless," Poroshenko stressed.

The Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov has recently said that Ukraine should complete the ATO and move on to a new format of defending the country from a hybrid war with Russia.

According to Turchynov, the revised bill "On the restoration of Ukraine's state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions" will be submitted to the president, to be shortly submitted to the parliament.

The representative of the General Staff of the ATO Vladyslav Seleznev, in turn, noted that the decision on the possible completion of the antiterrorist operation is up to the country's top military and political leadership.

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