A presidential bill on the introduction of a special order of government in some districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions for a period of three years, as well as on the holding of early local elections in these regions on December 7 this year, has been registered in the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday morning under No. 5081, Censor.NET reports, citing Interfax-Ukraine.
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The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a law exempting from criminal liability certain categories of persons who committed criminal offenses in the period from February 22, 2014 until the entry into force of the law in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where an anti-terrorist operation was conducted.
According to vice-speaker Koshulynskyi, the voting has not been displayed on the scoreboard to be see who votes for the bill. Therefore, MPs from the faction of Svoboda and Batkivshchyna have pulled out their cards and waved them above their heads to show that they are not voting for these laws.
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According to the document, the state guarantees "the prevention of criminal prosecution, criminal, administrative prosecution and punishment of persons who participated in the events in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions."
In addition, the state guarantees the right to use Russian or any other language "in public and private life, learning and support for Russian and any other languages, their free development and equality."
The law also foresees the holding of local elections in the regions on December 7, 2014.
"The powers of deputies of local councils and officials elected in early elections appointed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by this law cannot be terminated," the law reads.
It also introduces a special procedure for the appointment of heads of prosecuting agencies and courts, which involves the participation of local authorities in addressing these issues. The Cabinet of Ministers and other central executive bodies may sign agreements with the relevant local authorities regarding the economic, social and cultural development of individual regions.
In addition, the law foresees the signing of an agreement on the economic, social and cultural development of the individual regions.
"State support lies in introducing a different economic regime of economic and investment activities aimed at the restoration of industrial facilities, transport and social infrastructure, housing, reorientation of industrial potential, the creation of new jobs, and the attraction of investment and loans for the reconstruction and development of facilities located in some areas," the law reads.
The law also proposes foreseeing every year in the law on Ukraine's state budget the expenses that will be spent on state support for socio-economic development of certain areas.
"Ukraine guarantees the definition of such expenditures of the general fund of the state budget with protected expenditures, the volume of which cannot be changed during the reduction of the approved budget allocations," the document reads.
The document also foresees the "strengthening and deepening of good-neighborly relations between territorial communities, local government agencies of certain districts with administrative-territorial units of the Russian Federation on the basis of agreements on border cooperation, which are drafted by territorial communities, local authorities, local executive authorities of Ukraine and the territorial communities within the competence established by law."
People's police units are created on the territory of the anti-terrorist operation by the decisions of city, town and village councils, and their activities are coordinated by the heads of cities, towns and villages.
"People's police units are formed on a voluntary basis from among Ukrainian citizens who are permanent residents in their respective localities," reads the document.