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LAW OF UKRAINE

of January 18, 2018 No. 2268-VIII

About features of state policy on ensuring the state sovereignty of Ukraine in temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,

based on the Declaration on the state sovereignty of Ukraine and the Constitution of Ukraine,

emphasizing that sovereignty of Ukraine extends to all its territory which within internationally acknowledged frontier is complete and inviolable,

being guided by Articles of organization of the United Nations and the Declaration on the principles of international law concerning friendship and cooperation between the states according to Articles of organization of the United Nations of October 24, 1970, the Final act of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe of August 1, 1975

proceeding from the fact that according to the Items "a", "b", "c", "d" and "g" of article 3 of the Resolution 3314 (XXIX) of the United Nations General Assembly "Aggression determination" of December 14, 1974 use by the Russian Federation of the armed force against Ukraine constitutes crime of the armed aggression and roughly violates the Memorandum of security guarantees in connection with accession of Ukraine to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of December 5, 1994 and to the Treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of May 31, 1997,

considering that start date of occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine, in particular the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, is determined by the Law of Ukraine "About providing the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime in temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine",

confirming the Appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, to Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE, Parliamentary Assembly of GUAM, national parliaments of the states of the world about recognition of the Russian Federation by the state aggressor approved by the Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of January 27, 2015 No. 129-VIII, and the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine "About repulse of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation and overcoming its consequences", approved by the Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of April 21, 2015 No. 337-VIII

stating that in the light of regulations IV of the Hague Convention on the laws and customs of land warfare and appendix to it: Regulations on the laws and customs of land warfare of October 18, 1907, to the Geneva convention on protection of the civilian population during war of August 12, 1949 and the Additional protocol to the Geneva conventions of August 12, 1949 concerning protection of the victims of the international armed conflicts (Protocol I), of June 8, 1977, the aggression of the Russian Federation armed with one of consequences against Ukraine there was temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine,

without recognizing temporary occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine by the Russian Federation,

proceeding from provisions of the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations "About territorial integrity of Ukraine" of March 27, 2014 No. 68/262, which emphasize illegitimacy of carrying out in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea of referendum and urge the international community not to recognize any change of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the basis of results of the specified referendum,

in view of resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations "Situation in the sphere of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" of December 19, 2016 No. 71/205 and of December 19, 2017 No. 72/190, which recognize the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as the territory which is temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation

confirming the inherent sovereign right of Ukraine to recovery and preserving its territorial integrity within internationally acknowledged frontier, including the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol,

noting that the armed aggression of the Russian Federation began with the undeclared and hidden invasions on the territory of Ukraine of divisions of armed forces and other security agencies of the Russian Federation, and also by the organization and support of terrorist activities,

in view of that the Russian Federation commits aggression crime against Ukraine and performs temporary occupation of part of its territory by means of the paramilitary groups of the Russian Federation consisting of regular connections and divisions, subordinated to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, the divisions and special forming subordinated to other security agencies of the Russian Federation, their advisers, instructors and irregular illegal armed groups, the armed gangs and groups of the mercenaries created, subordinated, managed and financed by the Russian Federation and also by means of occupational administration of the Russian Federation which is constituted by its state bodies and structures functionally responsible for management of temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, and the self-proclaimed bodies under control to the Russian Federation, which usurped accomplishment of imperious functions in temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,

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