Ukraine has extended the special status of Donbass for the year

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Peter, Porosencova: Nikolay Lazarenko / TASS

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine prolonged the term of the law on the special status of Donbass until 31 December 2019. This was reported on the website of the government of the country on Thursday, 4 October.

The decision was supported by 245 MPs with the necessary minimum of 226 votes, opposed by 62 members, 10 abstained.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in his Twitter account thanked the MPs for supporting the bill, and also explained that the preservation of the special status of Donbass it is necessary to maintain pressure on Russia and accommodate in the region of the UN peacekeeping mission.

“The continuing validity of the law on special order of the government of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions need to maintain the international sanctions pressure on Russia, as well as to create necessary conditions for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation,” — said Poroshenko.

The law “On special order of local government in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions” was adopted in 2014. He provides Amnesty to participants of the events in the Donbass, the ability to use the Russian language in local governments, participation of local authorities in the appointment of heads of prosecutors and courts, as well as special state support of Ukraine for the restoration of industry and infrastructure. The Verkhovna Rada decided that the above mentioned articles of the law will come into force only after the Russian troops and equipment leave the area, and after the in the Donbass special elections in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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