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US Congress to consider new bill to support Ukraine
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The document aims to deter, repulse and stop Russia’s aggression. The US House of Representatives is to consider a bill H. R. 5094 'On support of stability and democracy in Ukraine.'

The bill was initiated by the co-chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Elliot Engel, Ukrinform reports.

In particular, the bill is aimed to 'deterrence, repulse and stop of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine to help the democratic transition.'

15 members of the House of Representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties in Congress became the bill’s co-sponsors.

The bill confirms preservation of all the anti-Russian sanctions at the legislative level until Russia’s full implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sanctions will be valid up to the end of its occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. In addition, the document forbids the USA’s recognition of Russian annexation of Crimea.

The text contains a requirement for the head of the US State Department to develop and start implementation of a strategy to counter the Russian disinformation and propaganda directed against the population of the countries bordering Russia.

In addition, the Broadcasting Board of Governors should create a broadcast service of the Crimean Tatars that is to subordinate to Ukrainian broadcast service to broadcast programs in the language of the Crimean Tatars to Crimea.

The bill also provides establishment of an international consortium with the participation of the United States, other countries, multilateral institutions, investors and insurance companies for a joint guarantee of possible investment risks. This paragraph is aimed at facilitating the infusion of private investment into Ukraine.

On April 26, the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met representatives of parliamentary factions in Kiev. She urged the deputies to adopt all the necessary changes to the legislation so that it would be possible to hold local elections in the occupied territory of the Donbass in July.

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