Ukrainian president submits bill to parliament on extending Donbas' "special status": media

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-03 20:16:04|Editor: xuxin
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KIEV, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko submitted to parliament a bill Wednesday on extending the term of validity of the "special status" law for the conflict-hit eastern region of Donbas, which expires this month, local media reported.

The Interfax-Ukraine news agency said that the draft legislation was designated by Poroshenko as urgent for consideration.

The armed confrontation between the Ukrainian government troops and pro-independence armed groups in the Donbas region has been underway since April 2014, and has so far claimed about 10,000 lives.

In September 2014, the Ukrainian parliament approved the law on the "special status" of some areas in Donbas, increasing the economic, financial and administrative powers of local communities.

The legislation with a validity term of three years was due to expire in October 2017, but it was extended for another 12 months.

Earlier, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Kurt Volker, U.S. envoy on Ukraine's crisis, urged Kiev to extend the term of validity of the "special status" law to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.