Before extending the new law “On special status of Donbas”, the NSDC decrees on the blockade of temporarily occupied territories should be annulled, the payment of pensions for residents of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions should be resumed, and the law “On de-occupation of Donbas” should be repealed. This opinion was expressed by MP, Vadym Novynskyi, commenting on the results of the negotiations in the “Normandy Format” regarding the extension of the current law on “On special status of Donbas”.
He recalled that on December 31, 2019, the current law “On the special procedure for local self-government in certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions” would end.
“Let’s remember why the current law on the peculiarities of local self-government in the Donbas has not been working for five years. Because we have adopted the law “On de-occupation of Donbas”, by which Ukraine actually refused to bear any responsibility for what is happening in the occupied territories, the National Security and Defense Council’s decision, enacted by the Presidential Decree on March 15, 2017, on the economic blockade of Donbas, is working. The law on language has been adopted and Cabinet Decision No. 365 is in force, by which the state blocked the payment of pensions to residents of the occupied territories. More than 700 thousand pensioners are deprived of them,” Vadym Novynskyi recalled.
He also called on the parliament in the near future to adopt an appeal to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy regarding the lifting of the economic, energy and transport blockade of Donbas. And he reminded that for this, the Verkhovna Rada had already registered the draft Resolution No. 1088.
“The economic and transport blockade of the temporarily occupied territories, operating in recent years, has caused tremendous damage to the state. According to NBU estimates, trade losses due to the blockade over two years amounted to a total of $ 2.3 billion. Each year of the ongoing blockade, it takes about 1% of GDP from the country. This is unacceptable in modern economic conditions. Today it is already clear that the blockade did not produce the expected results, because its initial goal, I recall, was an attempt to influence the hostage release process. Instead, because of the blockade, in fact, the scenario began to be realized when Ukraine gradually loses economic ties with part of its territory,” Vadym Novynskyi considers.