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Law enforcement officers had to put on safety helmets as several hundred activists from the radical movement got together in front of the building, demanding from President Petro Poroshenko to veto the law on special status and amnesty for militia fighters.
On Tuesday, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) passed a law granting a special self-rule status for certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The special status is designed for three years, Poroshenko said.
The special status law was stipulated by the Minsk agreements reached in early September in the Belarusian capital on the basis of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seven-point plan proposed two days before.
The parliament also passed a law prohibiting persecution and punishment of participants in the armed conflict in the country’s southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions. However, speaking earlier about the bill on amnesty for participants of hostilities in Ukraine’s embattled eastern regions Poroshenko said it would not be in force to certain types of crimes.
Those, who committed crimes under Criminal Code articles stipulating premeditated murder, terrorism, attempts to assassinate a state official, a law enforcement officer, a judge, rape, looting, vandalism and some other articles designed to ensure state integrity, would not be subject to amnesty, Poroshenko said.