The Verkhovna Rada has expanded the list of persons who can receive the status of a participant in hostilities

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The Verkhovna Rada has expanded the list of persons who can obtain the status of a combatant

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has generally adopted a bill expanding the list of combatants (UBD).

Document №7322 was supported in the second reading by 310 people's deputies.

Until now, the legislation of Ukraine did not provide for the procedure for granting UBD status to persons who took part in the defense of the state, but did not join the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police, the National Guard, the State Border Service, the Security Service and others military formations or law enforcement agencies.

According to the bill, the status of a combatant (UBD) can now be obtained by all citizens who defended the sovereignty of Ukraine, the security of the population and the interests of our state during the military aggression of the Russian Federation. That is we are talking about officially recognizing volunteers as participants in hostilities.

The procedure for granting UBD status will be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The basis for obtaining UBD status will be a certificate provided by the commander of the military unit (unit) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police, the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service, the Security Service of Ukraine, other military formations or law enforcement agencies, in cooperation with which the person himself or as part of a volunteer formation took part in combat operations.

In the absence of a certificate, the basis for obtaining UBD status will be a notarized certificate (statement) of at least three witnesses, one of which is the commander of the unit in whose area of ​​responsibility the person was.

It also regulates the granting of UBD status to citizens who have become persons with disabilities due to injury, concussion, injury or disease received during hostilities. They will need to provide evidence (statements) of at least two witnesses and relevant medical documents.

Relevant changes are being made to the Law “On the Status of War Veterans, Guarantees of Their Social Protection”, as well as to the Law “On Rehabilitation people with disabilities in Ukraine".

Prepared by: Sergey Daga 

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