Ukraine Government Pledges Reforms as Insurgents Reject Call to Quit Buildings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's interim government is making moves to address some of the demands of pro-Russian protesters.

A statement from the country's acting president and prime minister says the Ukrainian government is ready to carry out "comprehensive constitutional reform" giving Ukraine's regions a greater say in local governance.

They also are pledging to give "special status to the Russian language" and protect the rights of all citizens whatever language they speak.

The prime minister told parliament today that the government has drafted a law to offer amnesty to all those willing to lay down their arms and leave the occupied government buildings.

The protesters are refusing to give up control of those buildings, saying they want the interim government to resign first. They were supposed to vacate under an agreement reached in Geneva yesterday by Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the European Union.

Russia has declined to recognize the legitimacy of Ukraine's interim government but it has not said the members of that government should leave their offices.


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