This was said by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press service.
According to him, the law creates legal and organizational grounds for the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
"Moreover, by expanding capabilities for the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations, the bill strengthens our positions in repelling the armed aggression of the Russian Federation and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” he said and added that this draft law "is clearly and unequivocally designates the Russian Federation as an aggressor state, and areas in certain regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as occupied."
"This completely thwarts Russia’s attempts to disguise the war waged against Ukraine as a 'peacekeeping operation' and significantly strengthens our country's position in the international courts," the NSDC head said.
"I’d like to thank all Ukrainian patriots who contributed to adoption of this vital law," he added.
As reported, the so-called bill on Donbas de-occupation was passed in the second reading on Jan. 18, 2018. The parliament started to consider it on January 16, 2018. Lawmakers reviewed 673 amendments to the document. The bill passed its first reading on Oct. 6, 2017.