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The Council of Europe congratulated Ukraine on the start of amending the Constitution

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland congratulated Ukraine with the adoption in the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading of the draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of decentralization
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Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland congratulated Ukraine with the adoption in the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading of the draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of decentralization, Joinfo.ua reports with the referral to Deutsche Welle.

According to Jagland, he also hopes that the process of reform “will continue and will yield positive results in the near future.”

On Monday August 31 the deputies supported by 265 votes amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization.

These amendments to the Constitution  entitle Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to stop the authority of local councils if their decisions threaten to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine or violate the Constitution. The head of state can appoint a temporary commissioner, who coordinates the activities of local authorities.

President Petro Poroshenko addressed to the nation and stated that constitutional amendments on decentralization provide a chance to return the occupied territories of Donbas via political and diplomatic means.

Unfortunately, the vote on the amendments caused clashes among protesters and the National Guards near the walls of the Verkhovna Rada, a hand grenade blew off. Two National Guard soldiers were killed, over 120 persons were wounded.

The President demanded to carefully examine the circumstances of clashes, find the organizers and inform the public about those responsible for the use of force and military weapons during a rally outside the Parliament.

Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman has also called for immediate investigation of the crime committed near the walls of the Ukrainian Parliament and called on the politicians to remember their responsibility.

“While taking important decisions to decentralize the power in Ukraine, a horrible terror act took place near the Ukrainian Parliament,” Groysman said.

Today President Petro Poroshenko paid a visit to the servicemen wounded as a result of the events near the Parliament.

It should be recalled that the Trilateral Contact Group Ukraine-Russia-OSCE and Working groups on the Donbas on August 26 in Minsk agreed to cease fire from September 1.