Andrew Promitto: Valentin Ogirenko / Reuters
Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy has proposed to introduce criminal responsibility for those who do not recognize the territories of Ukraine Crimea and Kiev-controlled part of Donbas. The bill appeared on the website of the Ukrainian Parliament.
The document proposes to amend part 1 of article 110 of the criminal code of Ukraine on violation of territorial integrity and inviolability of the state. At the moment it involves up to three years of restricted liberty or up to three years in prison for “intentional acts committed with the purpose of changing the boundaries of the territory”, as well as for public calls for such actions.
The authors of the bill deem necessary to punish in this article, also for “deliberate rejection” of the Ukrainian territories of Crimea and the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk national republics (DND and LNR). In addition, the punishment is increased to imprisonment for a term of three to five years with possible confiscation of property.
Besides Parubiy, the document worked as the head of Committee on questions freedom of speech and information policy, MP from the party of the speaker of the “people’s front” Victoria syumar, and Maria Ionova — Deputy head of the Committee for European integration and Deputy member of the Ukrainian delegation to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), MP of the party “European solidarity” (previously called “Block of Petro Poroshenko” — approx. “Ribbon.ru”). He had already entered Parliament.
Earlier the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky during his working trip to the Donbass urged not to divide the people of the region “on their own and others” and reminded that they are Ukrainians. “They are people, flaws they haven’t,” he said, referring to the inhabitants of the DNI and LC.
Ukraine does not recognize Russia’s sovereignty in the Crimea that was installed in 2014 in a referendum in which an overwhelming majority of respondents expressed support for the transition under the jurisdiction of Moscow. In addition, Kiev has legislatively declared Russia as a country-occupier, seized part of the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and the authorities of the DNI and LC — puppet governments. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine, and insists that the transfer of Crimea was legally.
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