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No changes added to law on special status of Donbass — source

September 18, 2014, 13:00 UTC+3 KIEV

Former Defense Minister Anatoly Gritsenko earlier said the text of the law placed in the Internet was different from the one voted for

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KIEV, September 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The text of the law on a special status of a number of areas of Dontesk and Luhansk regions has not been altered following its adoption by the parliament, a source in the Verkhovna Rada Secretariat told ITAR-TASS on Thursday. "Everything that was adopted by the parliament members has been placed on the parliament's website," the source pointed out.

Former Defense Minister Anatoly Gritsenko stated earlier that on the parliament's website there was a text which substantially differed from the presidential bill which was voted for by 277 members of parliament.

Gritsenko's post on his Facebook account ran: "I have a copy of the bill, which was distributed among the parliament members in the morning of September 16. It was introduced by the President and registered on the same day /there is an appropriate registration stamp/. The bill bears the signature of Petro Poroshenko. However, an approved document, which substantially differs from the presidential draft law, is now placed on the Verkhovna Rada's website".

Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector extremist group, in his Facebook post also strongly criticised the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. "This 'secret' vote is of no importance and is invalid from the legal point of view. The adoption of the law is an attempt at an anti-state mutiny," he stated. "If Petro Poroshenko fails to recover his wits, we shall have a new President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief," he concluded.

Controversial laws

On Tuesday, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) passed a law granting a special self-rule status for certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The special status is designed for three years, Poroshenko said.

The special status law was stipulated by the Minsk agreements reached in early September in the Belarusian capital on the basis of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seven-point plan proposed two days before.

The parliament also passed a law prohibiting persecution and punishment of participants in the armed conflict in the country’s southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions. However, speaking earlier about the bill on amnesty for participants of hostilities in Ukraine’s embattled eastern regions Poroshenko said it would not be in force to certain types of crimes.

Those, who committed crimes under Criminal Code articles stipulating premeditated murder, terrorism, attempts to assassinate a state official, a law enforcement officer, a judge, rape, looting, vandalism and some other articles designed to ensure state integrity, would not be subject to amnesty, Poroshenko said.

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