Ukraine Moves to Restore Control Over Separatist-Held Areas

2018/1/19 14:40:11

President Petro Poroshenko: "We will continue to pave the way for reintegration of the occupied Ukrainian lands through political and diplomatic steps."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, Last Updated: January 18, 2018 21:35 GMT

 

KYIV -- Ukraine's parliament has passed a bill that backers, including President Poroshenko, say will help Kyiv restore control over areas in the east that are held by Russia-backed separatists.

 

The bill, which has been the subject of tension and demonstrations in a country whose stability has been undermined by nearly four years of war, was adopted with support from 280 lawmakers in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada on January 18.

 

It goes to Poroshenko, who backed the legislation and celebrated its passage in social-media posts after the vote.

 

"We will continue to pave the way for reintegration of the occupied Ukrainian lands through political and diplomatic steps," Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

 

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Moscow said that the draft amounted to preparation for war.

 

That is the same designation given previously to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized in 2014.

 

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