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Ukrainian president dissolves parliament



BY JIM HEINTZ

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.

President Petro Poroshenko announced in a statement posted on his website that he has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections on October 26.

He said the move was in coherence with the Ukrainian constitution, noting that the ruling coalition collapsed several weeks ago.

"Many deputies who are in the Rada (parliament) are direct sponsors or accomplices, that is to say allies of the militant separatists," Poroshenko said.

The announcement came a day ahead of a summit that includes both Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and could be aimed at pressuring Ukraine into seeking a negotiated end to the conflict rather than a military victory.

Over the past month, Ukrainian forces have made substantial inroads against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, taking control of several sizeable towns and cities that had been under rebel control since April, when the clashes began.

But the advances have come at a high cost - more than 2,000 civilians reportedly killed and at least 726 Ukrainian servicemen. There is no independent figure for the number of rebel dead, although Ukrainian authorities said Monday that 250 rebels were in fighting around Olenivka, a town 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Donetsk.

Earlier Monday, a Ukrainian official said a column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles entered southeastern Ukraine - a move that brings the conflict to an area that has so far escaped the intense fighting of recent weeks.

Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, told reporters that the column of 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks crossed the border near the village of Shcherbak and that shells were fired from Russia toward the nearby city of Novoazovsk. He said they were Russian military vehicles bearing the flags of the separatist Donetsk rebels. The village is in the Donetsk region, but not under the control of the rebels.

The Ukrainian National Guard later said two of the tanks had been destroyed.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday he had no information about the column.


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sardukar83 August 25 2014 at 4:58 PM

So since many in parlamient represent a dissenting view the President dissolves parlaiment and silences dissent.....yeah sounds like a real stable democracy Obama wants to defend ...another in long list of failures by Obama and hi band of nitwits.....

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cptsujet sardukar83 August 25 2014 at 6:45 PM

Would you rather have us supporting the Russian's?

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thirdsqurl sardukar83 August 26 2014 at 10:05 AM

What other great idea do you right-wing Commies have? Disband our military because you don't like the commander and chief?

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cptsujet thirdsqurl August 26 2014 at 10:44 AM

When you get a clue as to what a commie is, we can talk. Otherwise, we have no time for idiots like you.

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Welcome Justin August 25 2014 at 8:29 PM

"Many deputies who are in the Rada (parliament) are direct sponsors or accomplices, that is to say allies of the militant separatists," Poroshenko said.

So in other words, this is a purge of those with different political ideologies.

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d.carns August 25 2014 at 6:39 PM

This is the same Ukraine President that refused to allowed Humanitarian Aid to get to his own citizens that he is bombing and shelling. Obama can really pick the losers.

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julius August 25 2014 at 7:09 PM

Total BS by Kiev. No tanks and armored vehicles ever entered Ukraine. Putin isn't stupid. This is the second time in a short period of time that Kiev said that tanks entered Ukraine and were destroyed. First time he said this same BS when convoy was still on the Russian land. Interestengly enough EU and USA are very silent about this BS by Kiev. Photos and videos please.........otherwise total BS.

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dawnmuse79 julius August 25 2014 at 10:48 PM

WRONG, julius. Russia INVADED Ukraine with tanks when they helped themselves to CRIMEA ......

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Kat4Hat dawnmuse79 August 25 2014 at 11:00 PM

Ha ha ha, dawnmuse79, you need to reduce watching the Ukrainian propaganda and search for facts.

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Kat4Hat August 25 2014 at 8:10 PM

See the evidence of the Ukrainian oligarchy crimes in the East South: http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/enemies-ukraine-speak/

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d.carns August 25 2014 at 6:42 PM

HP must be running this site as they censor out anything that mentions Obama involvement in this crisis.

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jdsept d.carns August 25 2014 at 9:33 PM

Odd since all the comments above YOURS mentions Obama. Reading an issue?

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d.carns August 25 2014 at 6:37 PM

Boy! Obama supports this kind of Democracy and defends this illegal coup leader of Ukraine. Bet he wishes he could do the same thing with Congress. Democracy by dictatorship. Right up his alley.

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jdsept d.carns August 25 2014 at 9:31 PM

Right dictatorship in the US congress? What planet YOU live on? Most countries would deal with politicos trying to divide the country and bring on Civil War which is what this is about. After all, that's what we did to the separatist South didn't we?

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thirdsqurl jdsept August 26 2014 at 10:09 AM

Do do want civil war so they can use all those great weapons they are hiding. Killing rooms full of school kids every year or two isn't good enough for them.

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Kat4Hat August 25 2014 at 7:12 PM

""Many deputies who are in the Rada are direct sponsors or accomplices, that is to say allies of the militant separatists,"- OMG- this guy is a dictator, he basically stated that the Party of regions representatives sponsored the South-East population's protest- the very gays who are supposed to support the will of their constituents. Poroshenko must be impeached as soon as possible.

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frankiegallo33 August 26 2014 at 6:17 AM

Hey Ukraine,
Do us all a favor and take Obama as your new President.
He's almost done destroying America anyway.

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Welcome Justin August 25 2014 at 8:31 PM

Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, told reporters that the column of 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks crossed the border near the village of Shcherbak and that shells were fired from Russia toward the nearby city of Novoazovsk.

And can they offer any support of either of these claims ? Or like all others thus far is it more baseless rhetoric ?

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dawnmuse79 Welcome Justin August 25 2014 at 10:50 PM

Hey Justin! Russian tanks also entered Ukrainian sovereign soil when they headed for Crimea ...... a part of Ukraine ..... and invaded that country.

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Kat4Hat dawnmuse79 August 25 2014 at 11:07 PM

dawnmuse79, you need to support your claims with evidence, otherwise, you sound like Poroshenko.

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