Parliament Passes a Law on Special Order of Government in Some Districts of Donbas and Amnesty for Members of Armed Groups

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed a bill of President Poroshenko on the special status of Donbas.

A presidential bill on the introduction of a special order ofgovernment in some districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions fora period of three years, as well as on the holding of early localelections in these regions on December 7 this year, has beenregistered in the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday morning under No. 5081,Censor.NET reports, citingInterfax-Ukraine.

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The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a law exempting from criminalliability certain categories of persons who committed criminaloffenses in the period from February 22, 2014 until the entry intoforce of the law in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where ananti-terrorist operation was conducted.

According to vice-speaker Koshulynskyi, the voting has not beendisplayed on the scoreboard to be see who votes for the bill.Therefore, MPs from the faction of Svoboda and Batkivshchyna havepulled out their cards and waved them above their heads to showthat they are not voting for these laws.

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According to the document, the state guarantees "the prevention ofcriminal prosecution, criminal, administrative prosecution andpunishment of persons who participated in the events in the Donetskand Luhansk regions."

In addition, the state guarantees the right to use Russian or anyother language "in public and private life, learning and supportfor Russian and any other languages, their free development andequality."

The law also foresees the holding of local elections in the regionson December 7, 2014.

"The powers of deputies of local councils and officials elected inearly elections appointed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by thislaw cannot be terminated," the law reads.

It also introduces a special procedure for the appointment of headsof prosecuting agencies and courts, which involves theparticipation of local authorities in addressing these issues. TheCabinet of Ministers and other central executive bodies may signagreements with the relevant local authorities regarding theeconomic, social and cultural development of individualregions.

In addition, the law foresees the signing of an agreement on theeconomic, social and cultural development of the individualregions.

"State support lies in introducing a different economic regime ofeconomic and investment activities aimed at the restoration ofindustrial facilities, transport and social infrastructure,housing, reorientation of industrial potential, the creation of newjobs, and the attraction of investment and loans for thereconstruction and development of facilities located in someareas," the law reads.

The law also proposes foreseeing every year in the law on Ukraine'sstate budget the expenses that will be spent on state support forsocio-economic development of certain areas.

"Ukraine guarantees the definition of such expenditures of thegeneral fund of the state budget with protected expenditures, thevolume of which cannot be changed during the reduction of theapproved budget allocations," the document reads.

The document also foresees the "strengthening and deepening ofgood-neighborly relations between territorial communities, localgovernment agencies of certain districts withadministrative-territorial units of the Russian Federation on thebasis of agreements on border cooperation, which are drafted byterritorial communities, local authorities, local executiveauthorities of Ukraine and the territorial communities within thecompetence established by law."

People's police units are created on the territory of theanti-terrorist operation by the decisions of city, town and villagecouncils, and their activities are coordinated by the heads ofcities, towns and villages.

"People's police units are formed on a voluntary basis from amongUkrainian citizens who are permanent residents in their respectivelocalities," reads the document.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n302885