CONSTITUTION OF UKRAINE
Adopted at the Fifth Session
of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
on 28 June 1996
Amended by the Law № 2952-VI dated 01.02.2011,
and the Law № 586-VII dated 19.09.2013
CHAPTER I GENERAL PRINCIPLES
CHAPTER II THE RIGHTS, FREEDOMS, AND DUTIES OF INDIVIDUALS AND CITIZENS
CHAPTER III ELECTIONS; REFEREND
CHAPTER IV THE SUPREME RADA OF UKRAINE
CHAPTERV THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE
CHAPTER VI THE CABINET OF MINISTERS OF UKRAINE;OTHER ORGANS OF EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY
CHAPTER VII THE PROCURACY
CHAPTER VIII THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
CHAPTER IX TERRITORIAL STRUCTURE OF UKRAINE
CHAPTER X THE AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC OF CRIMEA
CHAPTER XI LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER XII THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF UKRAINE
CHAPTER XIII AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF UKRAINECHAPTER XIV FINAL PROVISIONS
CHAPTER XV TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, on behalf of the Ukrainian people — citizens of Ukraine of all nationalities,
expressing the sovereign will of the people,
based on the centuries-old history of Ukrainian state-building and on the right to self-determination realised by the Ukrainian nation, all the Ukrainian people,
providing forthe guarantee of human rights and freedoms and of the worthy conditions of human life,
caring for the strengthening of civil harmony on Ukrainian soil,
striving to develop and strengthen a democratic, social, law-based state,
aware of our responsibility before God, our own conscience, past, present and future generations,
guided by the Act of Declaration of the Independence of Ukraine of24 August 1991, approved by the national vote of 1 December 1991,
adopts this Constitution — the Fundamental Law of Ukraine.
Ukraine is a sovereign and independent, democratic, social, law-based state.
The sovereignty of Ukraine extends throughout its entire territory.
Ukraine is a unitary state.
The territory of Ukraine withinits present border is indivisible and inviolable.
The human being, his or her life and health, honour and dignity, inviolability and security are recognised in Ukraine as the highest social value.
Human rights and freedoms and their guarantees determine the essence and orientation of the activity of the State. The State is answerable to the individual for its activity. To affirm andensure human rights and freedoms is the main duty of the State.
There is single citizenship in Ukraine. The grounds for the acquisition and termination of Ukrainian citizenship are determined by law.
Ukraine is a republic.
The people are the bearers of sovereignty and the only source of power in Ukraine. The people exercise power directly and through bodies of statepower and bodies of local self-government.
The right to determine and change the constitutional order in Ukraine belongs exclusively to the people and shall not be usurped by the State, its bodies or officials.
No one shall usurp state power.
State power in Ukraine is exercised on the principles of its division into legislative, executive and judicial power.
Bodies oflegislative, executive and judicial power exercise their authority within the limits established by this Constitution and in accordance with the laws of Ukraine.
In Ukraine, local self-government is recognised and guaranteed.
In Ukraine, the principle of the rule of law is recognised and effective.
The Constitution of Ukraine has the highest legal force. Laws and othernormative legal acts are adopted on the basis of the Constitution of Ukraine and shall conform to it.
The norms of the Constitution of Ukraine are norms of direct effect. Appeals to the court in defence of the constitutional rights and freedoms of the individual and citizen directly on the grounds of the Constitution of Ukraine are guaranteed.
International treaties that are in force,...
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