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Ukraine offers regions more powers to calm insurgency

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Ukraine's new Western-backed president is due on Thursday to submit constitutional changes expanding regional powers in the hope the measure will help calm a bloody pro-Russian insurgency convulsing his ex-Soviet state. 

Handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press service on June 21, 2014 shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) during his broadcast address to the nation

The long-deliberated step comes a day before President Petro Poroshenko signs the final chapters of an historic EU accord in Brussels that opens Ukraine's way toward eventual membership and pulls it firmly out of Russia's reach.

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