In the first reading and in general, the bill was supported by 259 deputies out of 316, Joinfo.ua reports.
According to Oksana Syroyid, the deputy speaker for the Verkhovna Rada, the resolution, supported by all factions of the coalition, introduces the official date for commencement of the Russian aggression against Ukraine – February 20, 2014. "The purpose of the draft resolution is to create a legal basis to lay claims to Russia in connection with armed aggression against Ukraine. The resolution is the first consolidated document, defining the chronology of the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine," said Syroyid.
She noted that the document contained a list of international obligations violated by Russia. The resolution also contains the implications Ukraine has suffered as a result of the war. "It is occupation of the Ukrainian territory, property damage caused by Russia, human casualties, and human rights violations," said the politician.
In turn, Andriy Lozovyi, the MP from the Radical Party stressed that those MPs, who did not vote for the document, were "a fifth column, or a person, who does not care."
It should be recalled that on January 27, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada recognized Russia as aggressor.