Ukraine agrees to grant 'special status' to east

Ukraine will give "special status" to the separatist-minded eastern regions including a degree of self-governance for a three-year period

Ukraine agrees to grant 'special status' to east

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ukraine's parliament passed a law on Tuesday that will give "special status" to the separatist-minded eastern regions including a degree of self-governance for a three-year period, parliamentary deputies, who attended the closed session, said.

A second law that was passed would grant an amnesty to separatists who were involved in recent fighting with government forces, the deputies told Reuters.

The parliament also ratified a landmark agreement on political association and trade with the European Union, the rejection of which last November by then President Viktor Yanukovich led to his downfall.

The agreement, whose ratification was synchronised with that of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, won unanimous support from the 355 deputies who took part in the vote.

Referring to the deaths of anti-government protesters who came out against Yanukovich's rejection of the pact with the EU and of soldiers killed in fighting separatists, President Petro Poroshenko said: "No nation has ever paid such a high price to become Europeans."

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