KIEV, March 23. /TASS/. Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Groysman has signed a decree on "recognizing separate areas, towns, settlements and villages of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions as temporarily occupied territories," the Ukrainian parliament’s official website said on Monday.
The Verkhovna Rada adopted the decree on March 17. It received 280 votes in favor.
According to the document, this status will be in place "until all illegal armed groups and military equipment are withdrawn from the territory of Ukraine, along with militants and mercenaries, and until Ukraine restores full control over its state border."
On March 17, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada also endorsed a list of Donbas districts subject to be granted a special procedure of local self-government but postponed its enactment till new elections in those districts under Ukrainian laws.