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Draft Law to Abolish Donbas Special Status Under Consideration: Ukrainian Parliament

RIA Novosti

15:44 04/11/2014
Updated 04:09 p.m. Moscow time

KIEV, November 4 (RIA Novosti) - A draft law proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and aimed to abolish the Donbas Special Status has been submitted to the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada's official website stated Tuesday.

According to the website, the draft law has been submitted by the leader of the nationalist Radical Party Oleh Lyashko.

Earlier today, Alexander Zakharchenko, the newly-elected head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), has condemned Ukrainian president's decision to abolish the law on the Donbas region's special status.

The law on self-administration in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, also known as the Donbas, was passed by the Ukrainian parliament on September 16, following the September 5 ceasefire agreement between Kiev and pro-independence forces. According to the deal, Kiev was obliged to ensure early local elections in the two breakaway regions.

On Sunday, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (the DPR, LPR) held elections for the heads of local governments and representatives of legislative bodies. The Ukrainian government has branded them illegitimate.

On Monday, Poroshenko said he was planning to submit the abolition of the law granting special status to the Donbas Region to Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council.

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