Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on his Facebook page that he initiated the creation of a new interdepartmental coordinating body to recover losses caused by Russian aggression in the Donbas. Poroshenko called on the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to take steps for the speedy creation of an interagency coordinating body based on the law of reintegration adopted by Kyiv in January.
The President stressed that the creation of such a body is prescribed by the Law on the Reintegration of the Donbas that was adopted in January 2018. He recalled that this very document “clearly confirms Ukraine’s commitment to a peaceful settlement and shows the country's course towards peaceful reintegration of the annexed region.”
“I expect a detailed plan of complex development of the territories adjacent to the annexed areas from the Government. The ongoing armed aggression of Russia brings new immeasurable human suffering to Ukraine. The infrastructure is damaged. The business enterprises and economic potential of Donbas and Crimea are ruined. We cannot hesitate even a minute with regards to forming the consolidated claim against Russia for the recovery of the damages that Russia has inflicted,” the President noted.
On February 20, the President signed the law on reintegration of the Donbas. The law considers Russia a country-aggressor and the territories that are not under control of Kyiv are called the annexed territories.