Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday that rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine could be granted greater autonomy, but pro-Russian separatists repeated demands that they be given full independence. In remarks to his cabinet in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, Poroshenko stressed that the rebels must consider political compromises as the next step after a tenuous cease-fire that took effect Friday. The “fate of peace” depends on it, Poroshenko said. He said he will introduce legislation next week on the status of the rebel-held regions to give them more local power, although he offered few details. The prospect of handing over any amount of control to the rebels is deeply unpopular among many of Poroshenko’s pro-European allies even though it appears to be the main condition of the cease-fire deal. He asked the cabinet to help preserve the peace in eastern Ukraine.
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