“The President instructed that the draft law be put to a vote, and I think we will see that happen at an upcoming plenary session,” said Chubarov.

Chubarov went on to say the Ukrainian MPs are also expected to adopt laws legitimizing the economic blockade of Crimea.

“Once the bill is voted into a law, we will move on to other matters, such as laws restricting electricity supplies to Crimea. The final deadline for us should be October,” Chubarov stressed.

Adopted as early as 2014, the Law of Ukraine ‘On Creation of a Free Economic Zone in Crimea’ was meant to legitimize trade relations between occupied Crimea and mainland Ukraine. However, it has lost its relevance due to providing legal loopholes for smuggling Ukrainian products, which are used for supplying the Russian Army among other things, into the Russian Federation.