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Luhansk Oblast Council doesn’t recognize new Ukraine government

March 2, 20:20 p.m. — The Luhansk Oblast Council doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of Ukraine’s new government, Kommersant.ua reports. The regional council “considers illegitimate all central executive branches of power because they were formed with violation of laws,” reads the statement of the council. Also, the members support the holding of a referendum on federalization that would allow regional governments to ahve more autonomy. The memmbers called on the Verkhovna Rada “to declare Russian language a second state language in Ukraine, to take immediate measures to disarm all illegal armed groups and to cease politically motivated prosecutions of police and Berkut riot-control police units,” according to the statement. The council also declares support for Oblast Council chairman Valery Holenko. — Olena Goncharova

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