On 28 February, the Committee on State-Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider the Draft Law (No. 6466) "On Voluntary Amalgamation of Territorial Communities" regarding the voluntary accession of territorial communities in villages and towns to the cities of Oblast subordinance. That legislative initiative is aimed at the deblocking of the communities amalgamation process around the centres of economic activity, which centres are the cities of Oblast subordinance.
There is a myth that the amalgamation of villages with a city may result in the disappearance of those villages. To either confirm or deny it, the "Decentralisation" publication had a talk with representatives of Tiachivska City Amalgamated Community in Zakarpattia Oblast consisting of the city of Tiachiv and several neighbouring villages: Tiachivka, Lahzy and Okruhla, Ruske Pole.