Poroshenko sees special status for rebel-held areas

10 September 2014 11:22

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he would submit to parliament a bill granting special status to some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions --strongholds for Pro-Russian separatists-- more autonomy but keeping it part of Ukraine.

“There is and can be no talk of federalisation or some estrangement (by the rebel-held regions),” he told a cabinet meeting. “The law on temporary self-rule in individual districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions provides for a status that keeps these regions in Ukraine”- Poroshenko told a cabinet meeting.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also said the situation in eastern Ukraine has "radically changed" since a truce was agreed with pro-Russian separatists.

"The situation has radically changed at the front. Before the ceasefire was announced, Ukraine was losing the lives of dozens of its heroes on a daily basis,"- he said. 

Meanwhile, Andrei Purgin, the deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told AFP: "We are not considering remaining part of Ukraine".