KIEV, May 5 (RAPSI) – The Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Monday received a bill that proposes holding a unity poll on May 25, Ukraine’s parliament said in a statement on its website.
The bill was submitted by Acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The text of the bill has not been published yet.
According to previous reports, Yatsenyuk proposed holding a nationwide poll on several issues, including the decentralization of power, during the presidential election on May 25. Russia’s Foreign Ministry described these plans as unrealistic and even cynical given the military operation waged by the Kiev authorities against their pro-federation opponents in southeast Ukraine.
On February 22, radicals seized power in violation of the February 21 crisis settlement agreement signed by Ukraine’s opposition leaders and President Viktor Yanukovych in the presence of the French, German and Polish foreign ministers. The Verkhovna Rada announced the deposition of Yanukovych, reinstated the 2004 constitution and set early presidential elections for May 25.
Moscow questions the legitimacy of the Rada’s decisions.