: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Verkhovna Rada adopts presidential laws for Donbas


Ukrainian lawmakers have approved presidential laws granting special status to Donbas and amnestying members of illegal armed groups in east Ukraine, MPs have reported on Twitter.
According to MP Andriy Shevchenko, the law on special status for Donbas was supported by 277 MPs, and the amnesty law was backed by 287.
This reported was also confirmed by Svoboda faction leader Oleh Tiahnybok.
According to the law on special status for Donbas, a special self-government order is proposed to be introduced for a period of three years and local elections are to be held in the region on December 7, 2014.
The law amnestying participants in events in eastern Ukraine foresees “the prevention of the prosecution and punishment of persons who participated in events in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.”
Earlier Poroshenko said that amnesty would not apply to persons who committed crimes under the Criminal Code articles on murder, terrorism, attempt on the life of statesmen, law enforcement officers, judges, rape, looting, abuse of victims, desecration of monuments, and several other articles.

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