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Verkhovna Rada approves creation of military police in first reading

This draft law was previously postponed. 

Verkhovna Rada approves creation of military police in first reading
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The Verkhovna Rada has approved in the first reading the draft law on the military police (No. 6569-d). This was stated by MP Oleksiy Honcharenko.

According to him, the document was supported by 247 MPs. In particular, the Servants of the People, the pro-Russian former OPFL and Batkivshchyna.

According to the draft law, the military police is intended to ensure law and order and military discipline in the Ministry of Defence, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the State Special Transport Service. 

Its activities are directed and coordinated by the government through the Ministry of Defence.

For the period of martial law, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is responsible for the management and coordination of the military police. 

Earlier, MPs withdrew from consideration a bill to create a military police instead of the Military Law Enforcement Service. Members of the Rada's Law Enforcement Committee admitted that they had once again lost the media battle: manipulative messages were spread in the information space, according to the parliamentarians, about the power to capture civilian evaders, bring them to the Territorial Recruiting Centres (TRC), enter their homes and stop their cars. 

However, there are still questions about some of the provisions of the law itself. Due to ambiguous wording about military personnel or simply "persons", thus civilians. However, the idea of creating a specialised police force for military affairs had been raised before the full-scale invasion. 

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