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Poroshenko signs amended law on Donbas special status

March 19, 2015, 9:41 UTC+3
Under the law, granting special status to Donbas will be postponed until "free and transparent" elections are held in the region in line with the Ukrainian Constitution
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Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko

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KIEV, March 19. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday signed amendments to article 10 of Ukraine’s law on the special order of self-governance in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions, the Ukrainian president’s press service reported.

The law, which was adopted by the parliament on Tuesday, is aimed at "normalizing the public and political situation and ensuring proper functioning of local self-government bodies in the territories in question by holding early elections of deputies to regional and city councils; district councils in cities, village and rural councils," the statement reads.

Under the law, granting special status to Donbas will be postponed until "free and transparent" elections are held in the region in line with the Ukrainian Constitution.

The parliament also declared the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as "temporarily occupied territories." This status will be in force until the moment when "all the illegal armed groups and military equipment" are withdrawn and Ukraine’s full control over the state border is restored.

The heads of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, in a joint statement on Wednesday stressed that Kiev had trampled upon the fragile Minsk peace and brought the situation to a deadlock.

"Poroshenko and [Prime Minister Arseniy] Yatsenyuk have cynically laughed at their European Union partners who have spent so much effort on negotiations," the heads of the self-proclaimed republics said.

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