In Digest, Ukraine

Original title: New Ukrainian bill threatens to intern Russians citizens living in Ukraine

Sputnik News, April 4, 2015

Ukrainian President Poroshenko has submitted a bill to his country’s parliament allowing for the internment of Russian citizens living in Ukraine.

Russian citizens living in Ukraine can be interned in line with the bill on “The legal regime of martial law” submitted by Ukrainian President  Petro Poroshenko to the country’s parliament on April 3. According to a memorandum to the bill, “measures on the legal regime of martial law include internment (forced settlement) of nationals of a foreign state which threatens to attack or carries out aggression against Ukraine.”

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, photo by Mikhail Palinchak, Sputnik

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, photo by Mikhail Palinchak, Sputnik

On January 27, the Ukrainian parliament adopted a bill recognizing Russia as an aggressor country.

In February, the amendments to the bill on martial law were endorsed by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, which stressed the necessity of the new document being in line with current realities.

IN February, President Poroshenko said that a martial law would be introduced if the ceasefire agreement on eastern Ukraine then being negotiated was violated. “No one will doubt even for a minute”, the Ukrainian President said at the time.

A set of measures for a peaceful settlement of the conflict on the territory of Ukraine’s Donbass region was reached during talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk on February 11-12. The parties agreed on a ceasefire and the withdrawal of artillery from the frontline of contact, as well as the exchange of prisoners.

Read also:
21 ceasefire violations by Ukraine armed forces on April 5, DAN News (in Russian), April 6, 2015

Moscow ready to discuss sending peacekeepers to Donbas with Normandy Four, Sputnik News, April 6, 2015

Kiev commits 190 ceasefire violations since March 26 – DPR, Sputnik News, April 1, 2015

Poroshenko: Martial law possible if conflict escalates, Deutsche Welle, Feb. 2, 2015
Martial law would, however, also affect foreign investment in Ukraine, including a key loan    from the International Monetary Fund.’

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