The Law of Ukraine
On Succession of Ukraine
Date of Entry into Force:
October 5, 1991
On September 24, 1991 the Verkhovna Rada of USSR declared Independence of Ukraine.
In the text of this Law it is indicated that since the moment independence of Ukraine was declared the highest body of state power shall be the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine which consists of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukrainian SSR.
The Constitution (Osnovny Zakon) of Ukrainian SSR shall be valid on the territory of Ukraine until adoption of new Constitution of Ukraine. Provisions of laws of Ukrainian SSR and of other normative acts approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukrainian SSR shall be valid on the territory of Ukraine, if they do not run counter with the laws of Ukraine approved after declaration of its independence.
Bodies of state power and management, bodies of Public Prosecutor, courts and courts of arbitration, formed on the basis of Constitution (Osnovny Zakon) of Ukrainian SSR shall be valid on the territory of Ukraine until the creation of bodies of state power and management, Office of Public Prosecutor, courts and courts of arbitration on the basis of new Constitution of Ukraine.
Ukraine is a legal successor of those rights and duties pursuant to international agreements of Union SSR which do not contradict the Constitution of Ukraine and interests of the Republic. Ukraine confirms its duties according to international agreements concluded by Ukrainian SSR until declaration of independence of Ukraine and agrees to service external debt of Union SSR in its state for July 16, 1990 in the part determined by a separate inter-governmental agreement.
All citizens of Union SSR who for the moment of declaration of independence of Ukraine permanently resided on the territory of Ukraine shall be the citizens of Ukraine.