The status of combatants should be given only to
those who with arms in hand are protecting Ukraine. "This is the Defense
Ministry, i. e. the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Main
Intelligence Directorate of the Defense Ministry, Interior
Ministry, State Border Guard Service, National
Guard of Ukraine, SBU, State
Service of Special Communications and Information Protection, Foreign
Intelligence Service, State Security Service, State Emergency
Service, evacuating people from the ATO
area, State Penitentiary Service and Special
Transportation Service - those who are repairing railway routes and are
trying to restore the infrastructure under shelling by the Russian
terrorists," Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has informed at
a government meeting on Wednesday, February 4.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine proposes, instead
of granting the combatant status to civilians, to double
the wage for civilians
performing functions in the ATO area.
The Government of Ukraine, according
to the Prime Minister, will offer the Verkhovna Rada
"to abandon the practice of providing any civilians
with the combatant status, including officials."
At the same time Arseniy Yatsenyuk has instructed
the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction Housing and
Utilities together with the Ministry of Social Policy and the
Ministry of Finance to provide a two-fold increase
of the wages for civilians
who are in the area of anti-terrorist
operation "and are performing civil function
in assisting the Armed Forces and the
National Guard in the fight against the Russian terrorists":"A
two-fold increase in payment for time
spent in the ATO area and performing their functions will be provided
for those civilians who perform their
function in the area of counter-terrorism operations."
also stressed that a procedure of obtaining the combatant status is now “long
through certain objective and subjective factors”.
Government suggests to tackle this issue at a level of the Commission within
the State Service on ATO Veterans and Participants - "exceptionally
disputable issues with regard to the combatant status” - and to preserve the
function of filling a single state register for members of the anti-terrorist
The authority to
confer the status of the combatant on the military personnel and other relevant
categories, he noted, will be devolved to the commissions established within
the Ministry of Defence and other security and law enforcement agencies,
"This will enable to halve the term of verification the documents and the term to
confer the combatant status to our servicemen".
appeal to each Ukrainian citizen who has taken for himself a responsible
decision - to take weapons in hands and defend the country - to join the Armed
Forces and the National Guard.
Those who are the servicemen, are undoubtedly covered by all state guarantees
called to protect the citizens of Ukraine, those who protect the country as a
part of the regular army, the National Guard and other law enforcement
bodies," he said.
"In order to get
the combatant status, benefits and guarantees from the state, it is mandatory
to join the Armed Forces or the National Guard, thus to entitle the state to
provide the relevant guarantees to each Ukrainian who fights for his country. As
it is crucial to fight coherently and exceptionally as one - when everyone
knows what commands they follow", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.