Ukraine law­mak­ers rat­ify land­mark deal with Europe

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine moved to re­solve months of cri­sis Tues­day by strength­en­ing ties to Europe and loos­en­ing some con­trols over the coun­try’s re­bel­lious east­ern re­gions where it has been fight­ing Rus­sian-backed sep­a­ratists.

The ac­tions by law­mak­ers be­gan to flesh out the emerg­ing pic­ture of a new Ukraine, where a de­ter­mined pivot to­ward Europe has come at great cost: con­ces­sions to Rus­sia and a war with rebels that killed more than 3,000 peo­ple and pushed the West’s re­la­tions with Moscow to Cold War-era lows.

The mea­sure deep­en­ing the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal ties with Europe was the is­sue that sparked the cri­sis last fall, when then-Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych’s decision to shelve the deal in fa­vor of closer ties with Rus­sia sparked protests by hun­dreds of thou­sands. Those demon­stra­tions even­tu­ally drove him from power in Fe­bru­ary and led to the an­nex­a­tion of Crimea by Moscow and the re­bel­lion in the east, where a shaky cease-fire be­gan Sept. 5.

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