KIEV, August 23 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tasked the Cabinet of Ministers to work out a bill of state regulation and banning the use of the symbols of “self-proclaimed entities,” the press service of the Ukrainian president said.
“Ukraine’s cabinet of Ministers [has been] tasked to elaborate legislative restrictions on the use of symbols of totalitarian and other non-democratic regimes, banning the use of symbols of quasi-governmental entities, terrorist, separatist organizations,” the president’s order states.
Moreover, Poroshenko ordered to think of the ways to popularize and defend official national symbols of Ukraine.
Since mid-April, Kiev forces have been conducting a military operation in southeastern Ukraine, aimed at suppressing independence supporters who refused to acknowledge the new government that came to power following a February 22 coup.
As the situation in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions worsened, with increasing numbers of civilian casualties, Russia proposed to send a humanitarian convoy under the auspices of the ICRC. The convoy comprises 280 trucks carrying about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid that includes baby food, medication, grain, sugar, sleeping bags and other necessities.