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Ukraine to present bill aboliting ATO at Minsk talks

The document provides for the creation of a joint headquarters subordinated to president.

The bill on the de-occupation and reintegration of Donbas, which will abolish the regime of the anti-terrorist operation and legalize the military operation, will be presented at a meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk, the representative of the president in the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Lutsenko, told parliamentary reporters on 19 June. The document, according to Lutsenko, provides for the creation of headquarters subordinated to the president, who will be in command of the militaries involved in Donbas, including the Armed Forces, the Security Service, the National Police, the State Emergency Service, civil military administrations, and the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories.

"The bill renders [the president] additional powers which will enable the president to introduce emergency and martial law in certain areas," the presidential spokesperson added.

Lutsenko says that the document provides for the possibility of an international police or peacekeeping mission in Donbas.

According to her, the bill suggests that the restoration of the sovereignty of Ukraine is possible only by political and diplomatic means.

Last week, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov told the media that Ukraine needs to complete the antiterrorist operation and move ahead to a new format of protecting the country from a hybrid war with Russia.

Commenting on Turchynov's statement, President Petro Poroshenko announced the development of a bill on the reintegration of Donbas, which provides for a number of measures to return the occupied territories and determine their legal status.

The National Security and Defense Council will soon consider the bill and give it over to the parliament for approval.

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