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Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has halved his proposal for martial law in the country to 30 days, an apparent concession to opponents.

The reduction means that Ukrainian authorities can call the presidential election at the end of December, giving enough time for it to take place at the end of March as expected.

Mr Poroshenko said in a televised address that he has decided to cut the suggested time frame from 60 days.
His original proposal was criticized by opponents as an attempt by Mr Poroshenko to scrap the elections at a time when his own approval ratings are low

[26 November 2018 15:53]

In a related development, Ukraine's biggest state-run bank says an arbitration court in Paris has ruled that Russia must pay £1 billion in damages for property seized in the annexation of Crimea.

The press service of Oshchadbank said the court ruled in the bank's favour on Monday, and the bank will now take "all possible measures" to get the money back from Russia.

That could include seizing Russian assets around the world, the bank said [...]

Bank official Andriy Pyshnoho encouraged other Ukrainian companies to seek international arbitration "to restore justice" over property seized in Crimea.

[26 November 2018 16:10]

by das monde on Mon Nov 26th, 2018 at 04:17:31 PM EST

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