“It is the result that matters – the fact of the occupation must be captured in legislation” – Oksana Syroyid

Following the meeting of the Committee on State Building, at which a bill “On the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine” was considered, a working group headed by Samopomich MP Liubomyr Zubach, which is going to finalize the bill, was established. The working group consists of members of the Committee, a group of authors and a wide range of experts.

According to the Vice Speaker of the Parliament, Oksana Syroyid, the decision made by the Committee means the willingness to seek a compromise.

“During the meeting of the Committee there was a very good and honest discussion. We know exactly what will happen if we do not take any decision – this will legalize the internal conflict, will exempt Russia from liability, will spur the  Kremlin into new aggression; this will actually be a humiliation for Ukraine, which will be made responsible for the crimes of Russia and this will be a provocation for a new conflict. Therefore, it is the result that matters – the fact of the occupation must be captured in legislation,” says Oksana Syroyid.

Samopomich faction, whose members are co-authors of the bill, states that the aim of the bill is to recognize that Russia is the occupier, to ban trade with the occupied territories, and to establish a de-occupation algorithm.

“I understand where the apprehension which was felt at the committee meeting comes from. After all, nobody has ever faced such challenges before. But we must not be afraid to take responsibility. When the international community calls on Ukraine to ensure compliance with all standards of democracy under the conditions of occupation, we must ask who will deal with the rights of our people if Ukraine ceases to exist altogether. After all, the mechanisms imposed by Russia, will lead to elimination of the state of Ukraine.

If the standards of human rights, democracy and the rule of law were effective – we would not have had the situation that we have now. And the truth we have now is that Russia, which has obliged itself to comply with these standards, is despising them instead,” says Oksana Syroyid.

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