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Ukraine’s parliament to gather for extraordinary session on Sunday

January 24, 2015, 23:02 UTC+3 KIEV
On Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko initiated an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council
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KIEV, January 24. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada /parliament/ will gather for an extraordinary session on Sunday, Yuri Lutsenko, the leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, wrote on his Facebook account on Saturday.

“We are preparing an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada tomorrow,” he wrote.

Earlier on Saturday, Rada speaker Vladimir Groisman said the parliament might meet for an extraordinary plenary session after a meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council scheduled for January 25. In his words, the lawmakers “must be ready to act and take necessary urgent decisions.”

On Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko initiated an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council on January 25 over the deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine after artillery shelling of the city of Mariupol. To attend this meeting, the Ukrainian president cut short his visit to Saudi Arabia. The meeting is to “work out and take extra steps over the quickly deteriorating situation in eastern regions.”.

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