As reported by Censor.NET, the law becomes effective on the date of its publication in the parliament’s journal.
The Verkhovna Rada passed the bill on certain aspects of state policy to ensure Ukraine's state sovereignty in temporarily occupied areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (the so-called "Donbas reintegration bill") on Jan. 18, 2018. President Poroshenko signed the bill into law which also reformats the ATO and defines Russia as an aggressor on Feb. 20.
The bill was submitted to the parliament by Poroshenko on Oct. 4, 2017.
The Verkhovna Rada’ National Security and Defense Committee approved the bill on Oct. 5, 2017 and recommended it for adoption on first reading.
On Oct. 6, the Verkhovna Rada approved the presidential bill at first reading.
Taking the presidential bill on de-occupation of the Donbas as a basis was supported by 114 members of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, 71 members of the People’s Front faction, 17 Radical Party faction MPs, 12 representatives of Volia Narodu parliamentary group and 19 non-affiliated lawmakers.
Any member of Batkivshchyna, Opposition Bloc, and Samopomich factions cast ones vote for the bill.
This piece of legislature is designed to provide the new legal basis for addressing the issue of confronting the aggression in the Donbas and in the long term - to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized border.