The decision was made during a meeting of families of fallen defenders with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk and Minister for Veterans Affairs, Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Oksana Koliada.
The parents, wives of the fallen defenders of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine have told the leadership of the state that they are now actively involved in the work on the bill "On the status of war veterans, guarantees of their social protection", which in the new version should clearly incorporate their interests, and asked the President to support it.
"You are the first President to meet with the families of fallen soldiers in such format. We thank you for that and ask for your support, in particular for our interests to be enshrined in legislation, this concerns the privileges and the relevant status we deserve”, the wife of the fallen Hero of Ukraine, Iryna Mikhniuk appealed to the President.
The President expressed his condolences to the families of the dead soldiers and assured of their support.
"When the bill is finalized and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, I am ready to attach it a status of urgent so that Parliament can quickly consider and adopt it," Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured.
The Prime Minister also pledged support of the Government.
“For its part, the Government will provide its full support to this bill so that by November 15 on commission of the President it is in Parliament. We will also study with the profile minister all the cases concerning the families of the dead and in the near future we will help to solve them”, said Oleksiy Honcharuk.
Moreover, during the meeting the participants raised an issue of the need to pay due respect to the memory of the dead soldiers, to educate in society appreciation and respect for their defenders, to promote national-patriotic education of the youth. Separately, they emphasized the need to increase the share of patriotic content on Ukrainian television, to create new programs and documentaries about warriors, in particular, about those who gave their lives in the fight for Ukraine. They also raised the topic of state awards.
“Our task is to establish a dialogue between those for whom we work, i.e. veterans, their relatives and, definitely, the families of those who died, and the authorities. This meeting is one of such steps towards establishing the dialogue”, Oksana Koliada stressed.