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    Ukraine Stops Funding for Rebel-Held Regions

    FILE - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
    FILE - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
    VOA News

    Ukraine on Wednesday announced it will halt government funding to those areas of its eastern regions controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

    Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday the cutoff of funding to parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will continue as long as they are held by "terrorists."

    Yatsenyuk, who made his comments during a cabinet meeting, said the government would continue to supply gas and electricity to the areas.

    The self-declared breakaway regions on Sunday defied Ukraine by holding elections meant to assert their autonomy from Kyiv.

    So far Russia is the only government to recognize the elections, which were slammed by the U.S., U.N. and others as unhelpful and illegitimate.

    A two-month-old cease-fire is barely holding up in the rebel-held area, with occasional clashes breaking out between Ukrainian soldiers and separatist forces.

    Two teenagers were killed and three injured by shelling Wednesday while playing on a school sports field in rebel-controlled Donetsk, the city administration reported.

    The spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Andriy Lysenko, said two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine wounded over the preceding 24 hours.

    Late Tuesday, President Petro Poroshenko ordered more troops deployed to key southern and eastern cities, to fend off any possible new pro-Russian rebel offensive.

    A Poroshenko statement says the units will fortify the eastern cities of Mariupol, Berdyansk and Kharkiv against separatist incursions.

    Ukraine security officials have reported a recent increase in cross-border Russian weapons transfers to rebels.

    The president says he remains committed to most terms the September truce. But in the aftermath of Sunday's unsanctioned polls, he said he will ask parliament to repeal a law that gives special status to the rebel-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

    Sunday's polls in Ukraine's east came a week after voters in the rest of Ukraine voted overwhelmingly for a new parliament dominated by pro-Western lawmakers favoring closer ties with western Europe.

    Moscow has denied any direct role in the Ukraine uprising, which has claimed more than 4,000 lives since rebels took up arms against the Kyiv government in April. The Kremlin has described Russian soldiers fighting alongside rebels in Ukraine's east as volunteers.

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    Comment Sorting
    by: Zach from: Ohio
    November 12, 2014 6:30 PM
    You will crush them and then what, David? What exactly is your long term plan and how exactly do you plan on keeping a people in a country they do not want to be in? Force can only work for so long, and it will only breed enmity. The east is is only a matter of when at this point.

    by: Zach from: Ohio
    November 12, 2014 6:28 PM
    They should stop funding. Why would they fund a country that is not theirs?

    by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
    November 06, 2014 9:35 AM
    stability the peace in Ukraine Mr Prime Minister

    by: Alex from: Bolivia
    November 05, 2014 12:18 PM
    Its an ironical thing, but Ukraine will never survive without its East regions because most industries are there while in the West of the country people are more prone to commerce and protests paid by the US and its allies. Ukraine´s government is killing those who can feed the country for their political views, most industries are destroyed. Once the US and the company stops funding and political support of Ukraine´s junta in power, the country will be another said and bankrupt example of bringing US loyal government to power under the cover of democracy, liberties and whatever the US usually says.
    In Response

    by: David from: Ukraine
    November 05, 2014 2:36 PM
    Thing is, those industries were good in soviet times . Now they have to subsidize the industries . We will crush the terrorists

    by: Kerfala from: Liberia
    November 05, 2014 8:22 AM
    Mr minister, there's nos need to ask a question whether deaf exist in human life. The pro-russians are thinking how to normalize their politicals situations with kremlin in the new and best republic from the deep heart of Eastern Ukrainians. If kiev had more respect of it soldiers, citizens life, it's time to privilege the political dialogue between the two legitimates governments. When you check on the world fire power list, you'll always see USA the first and Russia second. So Mr ministre and president proshenko,WAR or GUNS will never solve your politicals ambitions as long as Mr Putin is living.
    In Response

    by: Zach from: Ohio
    November 07, 2014 6:45 PM
    I could not have said it better. Unfortunately, with Western backing though, Ukraine thinks it is invincible and does not need to negotiate. We, the West, are enabling them to the fullest.

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