Taras Pastukh: “The committee only took into account technical issues; the most important points are ignored”

According to Samopomich MP Taras Pastukh, the parliamentary Committee for National Security and Defense did not take into account the key amendments of the faction when preparing the bill on the reintegration of Donbas for the second reading.

“For three years the Samopomich faction has been insisting that the authorities must recognize the reality and that we must have a law that would place responsibility for the occupation of Ukrainian territories on Russia. When the President submitted his bill we hoped he would hear the demands of the society and the Armed Forces, and will take them into account.

Unfortunately, in the first version of the bill, a lot of important issues were missed out. Thus, together with other MPs, representatives of the Samopomich faction tried to correct the law by introducing amendments. However, the relevant committee only took into account technical issues, while the most important points were ignored, “Taras Pastukh says.

According to the MP, the law still does not specify the dates of the occupation, but contains a regulation on the reference to the law on the occupation of Crimea, where the date of February 20 is indicated. “For now, this legal construction might work, but we do not know what is going to happen to the Crimea, since we see now that there are attempts to divide the Crimea and Donbas. So there is a danger that this reference will not work.”

In addition, the issue of the need of the President’s signing of the order on the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which would protect soldiers from the court for the protection of Ukrainian territories under the laws of peacetime, has not been resolved.

Also, during the finalization of the law, another very complicated article appeared: on granting unlimited rights to the officials of the Security Service, the National Police, and other units participating in the ATO to enter and examine residential premises and cars without any restrictions.

“Therefore, there is still a danger that the law will be adopted, but will not have any real consequences for the occupier, and will help Ukrainian soldiers either,” Taras Pastukh concludes.

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