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The draft law on the Donbass allows to impose martial law at the discretion of the President of Ukraine

A bill to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty over ORDO provides for the replacement of anti-terrorist operation in a military operation and allows to impose martial law at the discretion of the President of Ukraine, said MP from the faction “people’s front”, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on national security and defence Dmitry Tymchuk.

“A meeting of the working group to finalize the draft law “On peculiarities of state policy on restoration of state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine”, previously announced by the NSDC Secretary Turchynov… the work on the draft ends (there is agreement on some parts), soon we will see him in the Parliament”, – he wrote on his page in social network Facebook on Monday.

According to him, the draft law is, in fact, proposes to replace ATO “military operation not led by SBU (as it is now in ATO mode), and Operational headquarters” .

“The General management of the operations staff will implement the President as commander in chief, the defense also is led by the General staff. The President is given the right how to solve the issues of the use of forces and means of the APU in operation and to involve other law enforcement agencies, but under the overall guidance of the military,” – said the MP.

All current military and civil administration or the military administration, as noted by Dmitry Tymchuk, will also “retire” at the Operational headquarters.

Also, according to him, the bill allows to impose martial law at the discretion of the President of Ukraine.

He also stressed that the adoption of this bill in any case would not mean the refusal of Ukraine from the Minsk agreements.

In turn, the author of the article in the weekly “Zerkalo Nedeli” notes that a bill to change the format of the ATO, provides the operational staff with a broad mandate and the recognition of certain regions of Donbass occupied territories

The author points out that in the new draft law on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which was submitted last week for a closed discussion by experts and politicians, the emphasis is on the tasks of the state, aimed at liberation of the occupied territories.

The document consists of two components. “First, in General terms at the legislative level is determined by a complex of power and diplomatic steps, which should ensure the liberation of the occupied territories. Second: it creates the legal framework for the use of armed forces in the Donbass”, – stated in the article.

According to the author, the new bill provides for the recognition of certain regions of Donbass occupied territories; “the bill does not specify who is the invader, while at the same time Russia called the aggressor, but again, somehow foggy.”

Also provides for the creation instead of the ATO headquarters Operational staff with wide powers, which will be subject to all the army and power structures, military and civil administration.

“Third, the bill provides that the head of state at the time of action may make the decision to use the Armed forces and other military formations, as well as on the introduction of martial law,” the article says.

Also, the author points out that “the bill is the constant reference to the Minsk process and formulation such that, for example, to hold elections in the Ukrainian government-controlled territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions”.

Earlier the first Vice-speaker of the Parliament Irina Gerashchenko said Monday that work on the draft law “On peculiarities of state policy on restoration of state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine” will be completed soon and it will be presented at the meeting of the NSDC.

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