East Ukraine leaders: regions should take control

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Posted: Feb 22, 2014 7:05 AM
East Ukraine leaders: regions should take control

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Regional lawmakers in Ukraine's pro-Russian east are questioning the authority of the national parliament, amid concerns that the nation may be splitting in two.

A gathering of governors, provincial officials and legislators in Kharkiv approved a statement Saturday calling on regional authorities to take full responsibility for constitutional order on their territory.

Some called for forming volunteer units to protect against force by protesters from pro-European western regions. The assembly urged the army units deployed on their territories to maintain neutrality and protect ammunition depots.

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The moves came after protesters took control of Ukraine's capital and parliament sought to oust the president and form a new government.