Politicians in Ukraine have approved a draft law giving more autonomy to two pro-russian regions in the east of the country.
For analysts, this constitutional reform is the first step towards meeting the demands of the separatist, self-styled “peoples’ republics”.
It was part of the ceasefire deal signed in Minsk in February. Both sides blame each other for the daily violations of the truce, which have claimed an estimated 6,500 lives.
Crimea:setting a precedent?
Those opposed to the law say it undermines Ukraine’s struggle to keep control of its territory after the “2014 annexation of Crimea”:http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/09/annexation-of-crimea-one-year-one/ by Russia.
A final vote is due in the autumn.