Donetsk, Feb 21 – DAN. The 'reintegration' bill signed by Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko will not save Ukraine's leaders from retribution for violence against their people, said DPR envoy to the Minsk negotiations Denis Pushilin.
"The bill on 'reintegration' signed by Poroshenko after being adopted with violations of the current law and international conventions is but a belated way to legalize all the violence against the Republics' residents."
Pushilin said the bill empowers Kiev to use regular forces, but it "cannot save leaders such as Poroshenko and Turchinov from being punished for Donbass people genocide and all possible violations of laws."
On Tuesday, Petr Poroshenko signed the bill On the peculiarities of state policy on ensuring Ukraine's state sovereignty over temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Lugansk regions", the so-called Donbass reintegration law after the country's parliament had adopted it on January 18 with 280 voices.
The bill defines Donbass as an 'occupied territory' and Russia is recognized as an aggressor state. Lawyers agree that the 'reintegration' implied by the law is actually a legal permission to extensive use of force to settle the conflict in Donbass which is a direct violation of the Minsk Agreements aimed at a peaceful solution. *ot