Rada refused to approve the programme of the government of Smugala

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Thursday refused to approve the improved program of activities of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Denis Megalam, voted for it only 207 deputies with the required minimum of 226 votes.

According to Ukrainian legislation, in case of approval of the programme of action, the government gets immunity for a year and can not be prematurely dismissed.

In the program notes that the Cabinet supports the modernization of the dialogue with Russia on settlement of the conflict in the Donbas with the support of international partners and the creation of a separate platform on the question of the "return" of the Crimea.

The document States that the Russian side does not fulfill the agreement on ceasefire in the Donbass, "that now makes it impossible to transition to a political settlement, worsening the humanitarian situation in the temporarily occupied territories, hinders the development of the Ukrainian economy".

Also in the program notes that "the government reaffirms commitment to European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine". The government called the implementation of the Association agreement with the EU engine of economic stabilization in the crisis period and end-to-end task of reforming the country. However, the Cabinet intends to expand the access of Ukrainian companies to the EU market.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue "is closed permanently."

Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated on the background of the situation in the Donbass. Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of meddling in the internal Affairs of the country. In January 2015 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the statement in which Russia is called "an aggressor country". Russia charges Ukrainian side denies and calls unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Kiev overcame political and economic crisis.