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Ukraine cancels Donbass special status law

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has registered a bill on a law over special status of Donbass devoid of effect on Tuesday.

Leader of the Radical Party Oleh Lyashko has submitted the bill. This news report was posted at the website of the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday.

President Petro Poroshenko said in his address to Ukrainian citizens on Monday that he planned to submit for consideration of the National Security and Defense Council the issue of cancelling the law on special regional status over the November 2 polls which Ukrainian authorities did not find legitimate.

Poroshenko noted that Kiev was ready to enact a new law on Donbass special status which would draw clear-cut borders of districts with special local self-rule status. However, among conditions for endorsing the new law he named several steps which the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics should take that would mean “a retreat” in the issue of the November 2 elections.

The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council will hold a meeting on this issue on Tuesday, November 4, Poroshenko’s spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said on his Twitter account.

Poroshenko’s initiative does not cause concerns to the Luhansk People’s Republic, head of the Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed Luhansk republic Alexey Karyakin told TASS earlier. “This law did not suit us all the same, so there are no problems over this. Whether this exists or not, this is inadequate all the same,” Karyakin said.

Authorities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic have a similar position. “They enact this law or revoke it. This is not serious. I already said that he (Poroshenko) is to blame for this. Ukraine is one matter, Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are absolutely another matter. We have our position on the issue,” sworn-in Donetsk republican leader Alexander Zakharchenko said on Tuesday.

Source: TASS

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