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Constitutional amendments proposed for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted draft amendments to the constitution that call for the decentralization of power.

Poroshenko submitted the proposed amendments to the parliament on Thursday.

According to the amendments, Russian will be given equal status as a national language.

After the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych in February, pro-Western forces in Ukraine's parliament abolished the language law that allowed the country's regions to make Russian a second official language. The move was one of the factors behind the uprising by Russian-speaking people in the east and the rise of pro-Russian militants.

On Friday, Poroshenko is to sign the economic part of the Association Agreement with the European Union.

While affirming his pro-Western policy, he hopes to resolve the country's crisis by showing consideration for pro-Russian residents.

Poroshenko declared a week-long unilateral ceasefire last Friday, but fighting has continued intermittently between government forces and pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine.

Jun. 27, 2014 - Updated 02:57 UTC