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DPR parliament adopts law on formation of armed forces

Lawmakers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on Friday passed a law on defence that provides for the formation of the republic's armed forces, the Donetsk News Agency said.

"Defence of the state is impossible without that law. Previously, we had only self-defence forces. Now, under the law, armed units will enjoy the status of the armed forces," Dmitry Perepelkin, a deputy chairman of the parliament's committee for security and defence and a bill's author, said.

He said the law was based on Russia's and Kazakstan's legislation. The law provides for call-up liability and contract service.

"The law clearly defines the notion of a state of war. It is declared in case of armed aggression against the DPR by another state or a group of states, and in case of DPR's fulfilment of international treaties. This law is meant to say we are not going to attack anyone," Perepelkin said. "Out doctrine is defensive."

Apart from that, the republic will form military police.

"Another novelty is the instruction language - Russian and Ukrainian. We committed to paper bilingualism, which is a democratic approach," he said, adding that the law will come into force after being signed by the DPR head.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 15May15]

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