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Protesters in Ukraine Rally against Election in Rebel East

Protesters in Ukraine Rally against Election in Rebel East

Sunday, 06 October 2019 07:38 AM

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands are rallying in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv against the president's plan to hold a local election in the country's rebel-held east, a move seen by some as a major concession to Russia.

Ukraine, Russia and mediators Germany and France on Tuesday signed a tentative agreement with Russia-backed separatists on guidelines for holding a local election in eastern Ukraine, where a five-year conflict between the separatists and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 13,000 people.

Ukraine's newly elected President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has cast the deal as a necessary intermediate step ahead of organizing a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany to push for a peaceful settlement.

But participants in Sunday's rally denounced the move as a capitulation to Russia, which has backed the separatists.

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Thousands are rallying in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv against the president's plan to hold a local election in the country's rebel-held east, a move seen by some as a major concession to Russia.Ukraine, Russia and mediators Germany and France on Tuesday signed a tentative...
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