Ukrainian Lawmaker to Propose Cutting Diplomatic Ties with Russia

2017/11/10 23:38:39

Russian officials and pro-Kremlin politicians lashed out swiftly following reports that Vinnyk had proposed cutting off ties. 


Photo: Ukrainian lawmaker Ivan Vinnyk (file photo)



By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, Nov 8, 2017


KYIV -- A lawmaker from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's party has told RFE/RL he plans to propose legislation that would sever diplomatic relations with Russia.


Ivan Vinnyk spoke to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on November 8, after reports that he had already submitted the proposal prompted criticism from Moscow.


The proposal comes as the Verkhovna Rada considers a bill governing what lawmakers hope will be the "reintegration" of parts of eastern Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists whose war against Kyiv has killed more than 10,000 people since April 2014.


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