- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Kiev Politician Calls for Rally Against Ukraine’s Constitutional Amendment

© Sputnik / Evgeny Kotenko / Go to the mediabankRadical Party leader Oleh Lyashko at a Verkhovna Rada meeting.
Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko at a Verkhovna Rada meeting. - Sputnik International
Oleh Lyashko, the leader of Ukraine’s Radical party, urged all Ukrainians to come to the Parliament on August 31 and defend the “independence” of their country against a constitutional reform that he thinks is “anti-Ukrainian,” the politician said in a video message posted on YouTube.

According to Lyashko, the Ukrainian parliament's decision to amend the constitution and give the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) a special status will end "the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine."

"We can't allow Donbass to be cut off, as it never existed… Come to the parliament on August 31. Together we can stop this anti-Ukrainian act," Lyashko said in a video message.

France's President Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L-R) walk for a family photo at the presidential residence in Minsk on February 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
Germany, France Pressured Kiev on Constitutional Reform – Ukrainian MP
If the constitutional amendment is approved, Ukraine will start the process of decentralization and the two Donbass republics will receive a greater degree of autonomy from Kiev.

Decentralization is one of the key provisions of the Minsk agreements. The deal was signed back in February by representatives of the Donbas militias and Kiev authorities, and stipulates several measures on Ukrainian reconciliation.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала