Samopomich announced the collection of signatures against the special status of Donbas

In connection with the growing threat of revenge from the pro-Russian forces, Samopomich has launched a collection of signatures for declaring unconstitutional the laws on the special status of Donbas and on amnesty for collaborators and mercenaries.

In particular, in its submission to the Constitutional Court, the party will demand that the laws “On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions” and “On the prevention of prosecution and punishment of persons involved in the events in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions” be considered unconstitutional. This is stated in the party statement.

“In 2014, the ex-president Poroshenko together with the ex-members of the Party of Regions effectively legalized a special status for the territories occupied by Russia in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and an amnesty for collaborators and Russian mercenaries. The adopted laws, which had been written in Moscow, introduce the following:

a separate people’s militia in the occupied territories of the two regions, which, together with the judges and prosecutors, is appointed by the local occupation authorities;

the right of these occupied territories to independently conclude international agreements with Russia;

special status for the Russian language in these territories in the sphere of education, culture, justice and the activities of public authorities;

amnesty for all those who have been killing our soldiers in the east of Ukraine.

These laws are a direct threat to the sovereignty of the state and they also violate the Constitution, which clearly defines Ukraine as a unitary state,” say Samopomich representatives.

They note that the party hoped that those unconstitutional laws would be still cancelled by the current convocation of the Verkhovna Rada.

“Since this parliament’s term is coming to an end, and, according to opinion polls, in the new parliament, there will be even more Russian agents, Samopomich sees a way out only in appealing to the Constitutional Court,” the party notes.

“Over the last five years, we have been told that this law is needed to maintain sanctions against Russia. Today, these assurances do not hold water anymore, because we see that despite the continuation of the Russian war against Ukraine, the Russian delegation resumes all its rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. This means that every country makes decisions based solely on its national interests. Therefore, we must act in the same way,” Deputy Speaker Oksana Syroyid comments on the situation.

We shall recall that the Samopomich faction in the parliament has been consistently fighting to preserve the sovereignty of Ukraine. Upon the initiative of Samopomich, the Verkhovna Rada did not allow implementing the Minsk agreements, the special status of Donbas in the Constitution of Ukraine, and so on.

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