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Ukraine grants 'special status' to eastern regions

By Agencies in Kiev ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-17 07:06:31

The Ukrainian Parliament approved on Tuesday two bills offering major concessions to independence-seeking insurgents and more autonomy to eastern regions, where unrest has been raging since mid-April.

The bill to grant amnesty to detained insurgents, who participated in the violent confrontation with government troops, was backed by 287 of the 342 lawmakers present at the assembly.

The new law would apply only to those insurgents who have not committed "serious crimes", like murder or torture.

Ukraine grants 'special status' to eastern regions

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