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Ukraine's Parliament Passed a Law Allowing Citizens to Carry Firearms

Local NGO official said 'there's a feeling that Ukrainians will fight'

Business Insider

24 February 2022

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The Ukrainian parliament passed a law on Wednesday, which allows citizens to carry firearms in public, alongside the enactment of a state of emergency, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to eastern Ukraine on Monday.

Previously, Ukrainian citizens were barred from carrying guns outside of their homes.

"Now it's the intention of the parliament is to liberalize ownership of armaments by citizens," Dmytro Shulga, the European Programme Director at the International Renaissance Foundation, an NGO in Kyiv, told Insider. "And I think that this is very popular news now."

The passage of the law followed the approval of a state of emergency in Ukraine.

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