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Ukraine move to cede powers to pro-Russia rebels sparks deadly melee – LA Times

Ukraine move to cede powers to pro-Russia rebels sparks deadly melee – LA Times

A bill granting autonomy to Ukraine’s restive eastern regions cleared its first parliamentary hurdle on Monday but sparked a violent right-wing protest that left a national guardsman dead and more than 120 people injured.

The recently conscripted guardsman was killed when a grenade was thrown into a cordon of police and special forces guarding the Supreme Council in central Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, where lawmakers had just held a rowdy debate over the proposed decentralization of government.

The clashes outside parliament sent 122 people to the hospital, mostly police and guardsman, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Under a Feb. 12 peace agreement between the Ukrainian government and the Moscow-backed separatists occupying two large regions of eastern Ukraine, lawmakers are obliged to grant more autonomy to regional governments to allow them to decide their own economic and foreign policies.

Source: Ukraine move to cede powers to pro-Russia rebels sparks deadly melee – LA Times