MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a bill extending the special status of Donbass region in eastern Ukraine for a year, the presidential press service said in a statement Saturday.
"President Petro Poroshenko signed the bill on the creation of the necessary conditions for the peaceful settlement of the situation in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions approved by the Verkhovna Rada on October 6," the statement read.
On Friday, the Ukrainian parliament approved the extension of Donbass’ special status by a year, proposed by Poroshenko. The parliament also approved the bill on reintegration of the region.
The law, adopted for a three-year period, was due to expire on October 18.