Aug 25, 2014 2:26 PM by News Staff
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's president has dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.
President Petro Poroshenko announced in a statement posted on his website Monday that he has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections on October 26.
He said the move was in coherence with the Ukrainian constitution, noting that the ruling coalition collapsed several weeks ago.
Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government troops in the east has claimed at least 2,000 civilian lives, according to a United Nations estimate.
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