“The law on de-occupation, the law on the return of Ukrainian sovereignty to Donbas brings the legal field in line with the real state of affairs. The territories are legally proclaimed temporarily occupied by the Russian occupation troops. Ukraine qualifies Russia as country-aggressor. And we secure the right to self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter,” President Petro Poroshenko noted in his statement on the adoption of relevant decisions by the Verkhovna Rada.
The President emphasized: “This further strengthens the legal framework for the use of the Armed Forces, expands their capabilities in the region. This strengthens the arguments in favor of providing Ukraine with defensive weapons”.
At the same time, according to him, while regulating in detail the military aspect of our struggle, the law proclaims a peaceful, political and diplomatic way the key one.
“It gives a clear signal to all our fellow Ukrainians in the territories occupied by Russia: Ukraine will return to you, and you - to Ukraine. Because we are a one, united and indivisible country,” Petro Poroshenko noted and expressed hope that those words would be heard by the majority of our citizens under occupation.
“The law will strengthen our position in the fight for the release of hostages and in the issue of possible deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas. Russia, as an aggressor country, will have no right to participate in this mission, which should be deployed throughout the occupied territory, including the temporarily uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border,” the Head of State stressed.
The President noted that three years ago the adoption of the law on the peculiarities of local self-government in certain areas had also been accompanied by various opinions among politicians. “What horrors didn’t we hear three years ago, when it was adopted for the first time? By the way, the politicians who opposed yesterday and today had voted for it then. And not a single negative forecast came true in these three years,” he said.
“Now and then, the ability to enforce the law is strictly conditioned by a number of demands on Russia as an aggressor and invader and on its puppet regimes. First of all - the demand for the withdrawal of Russian troops, illegal armed groups, military equipment from the territory of Ukraine, and the regulation on the conformity of political processes to the OSCE standards,” Petro Poroshenko underscored.
The Head of State also emphasized: “At the same time, our reputation as a country that has a responsible attitude to the Minsk agreements makes it possible to continue sanctions against Russia, the country-violator of the agreements, whensoever. And these sanctions largely restrain the aggressor”.
He noted that it had also allowed Ukraine to win time to strengthen the army, switch from partial mobilization to the contractual principle of its formation etc.
The President emphasized that a responsible majority vote would help our army continue to hold the line with a minimum of casualties, and our diplomats - intensify international pressure on Russia.