De-Occupation of Donbas Bill: Second Reading Notes

October 17, 2017

National Security and Defense Before the bill “On the peculiarities of state policy on the restoration of Ukraine’s state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts” is adopted, it needs some additional work.

Here is what should be done: First. Define the specific dates of Russia’s aggression in Crimea and Donbas.

Precise determination of the start of military expansion is important politically, legally and historically.

Second. Article 6 of the bill orders the Cabinet of Ministers to monitor the human rights situation in the occupied territories, document cases of their violation, make them public and inform international observers. Based on this, consolidated demands for Russia are to be formulated. However, it does not say anything about the SBU, prosecutor’s office, military intelligence. Security agencies have already collected an extensive body of testimony and evidence. Why not include foreign experts, legal firms in this work as well?

Third. Article 10 states that the permit system along the confrontation line that delineates the occupied territories (movement of people, goods) shall be determined by the Head of Joint Operational Headquarters as approved by SBU and the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories. But this is the same hole Ukraine has already fallen down many times. We have been talking about smuggling, corruption, shady schemes, etc. in the ORDLO area for while now. In this situation, we have to introduce a temporary (until these territories are freed) state border regime, instead of memos from the Headquarters’ Head.

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Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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