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Ukraine lawmakers approve EU pact, offer autonomy to rebel regions
Ukraine lawmakers approve EU pact, offer autonomy to rebel regions

Lawmakers in Ukraine endorsed an association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, making a decisive turn in favor of closer relations with Western neighbors in spite of the 10-month-old conflict that shift in alliance has ignited with Russia. In a move probably intended to soften the blow to Moscow of its slipping influence over Ukraine, the deputies of the Supreme Council also approved a three-year period of greater autonomy for the separatist-occupied areas of eastern Ukraine and amnesty for most of the pro-Russia militants who have been fighting against rule from Kiev. “Those who live in Donetsk and Luhansk must have a possibility to elect new authorities for themselves...

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