Pro-Russian rebel leader in east Ukraine unveils plan for new state

Pro-Russian rebel leader in east Ukraine unveils plan for new stateBy Andrew Osborn and Natalia Zinets MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – The pro-Russian rebel leader of a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine proposed on Tuesday replacing Ukraine with a new federal state, in comments that could further undermine a 2015 peace deal that is already faltering. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko rejected the idea, describing Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), as part of “a puppet show”, with Russia pulling his strings in order to relay a message. France and Germany, which are involved in diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis, also condemned the proposal.



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