February 20, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law "On the specifics of the state policy to ensure the state sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions." The signing took place during the meeting of the Military Cabinet of the National Security and Defense Council.
The President noted that this law does not violate any international obligations of Ukraine, including the Minsk agreements, "as the Russian Federation now intends to represent it."
"This law does not violate any international obligations of Ukraine, including the Minsk agreements, as the Russian Federation now intends to represent it, justifying its unwillingness, open sabotage of the implementation of Minsk agreements," Poroshenko stated.
According to him, it is a framework law which requires further legislative support.
"It requires further legislative support for the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the actions of other forces departments, so that we could improve the legal mechanisms for restoring the territorial integrity of our state. And this work will be continued,” the President said.
Earlier, Mikhail Samus, Deputy Director for International Affairs at the Center for the Study of the Army, Conversion and Disarmament (CIACR), said that the Law on the Reintegration of Donbas would change the matrix of the settlement of the conflict in favor of Ukraine, and that's why Russia resorted to pressure on the West and Ukraine to prevent it adoption.
Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia stated that the adoption of law on the reintegration of Donbas by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is "preparation for a new war" and "threatens with dangerous escalation." The Russian department believes that by adopting the law, Ukraine "legally confirmed the line to resolve the problems of Donbas by force".
Reference: On January 18 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed a law on the de-occupation of Donbas, in which Russia was recognized as an occupying country. The law was supported by 280 people's deputies.