KIEV, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian government is considering the possibility to hold a nationwide referendum on the country's federalization to ease the tension in the east, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday.
"We are not against holding the referendum," Turchynov told the lawmakers, referring to the Ukrainian interim authorities.
Turchynov suggested that the voting may be held along with the presidential elections scheduled for May 25 if the parliament adopts a corresponding decision.
Turchynov hoped that the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians will support an "indivisible, independent and democratic" Ukraine during the voting.
A referendum on the country's federalization and greater independence from Kiev is the key demand of pro-Russia protesters, who took control of several administrative buildings in eastern Ukraine.
On Sunday, at least one person was confirmed dead and 10 others were wounded in gun battles between pro-Russia activists and Ukrainian special forces.
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UN Security Council meets on "more combustible" Ukraine crisis
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Crisis in Ukraine takes dangerous turn: Russia
MOSCOW, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The situation in southeastern Ukraine is taking a dangerous turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
A security officer and a pro-Russia activist were killed Sunday during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces in an eastern city, where pro-Russia gunmen seized buildings of police and security services a day earlier. Full story