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Ukraine dissolves Parliament, sets elections for October

Kiev, Aug 26 (): President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has dissolved the parliament and called for new elections on October 26. Poroshenko said, many of the present MPs are supporters of both overthrown president Viktor Yanukovych and separatists in the east.

Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely to talk about the fight in eastern Ukraine, at a conference of Russia-led Customs Union in Belarus on Tuesday. This meeting will be their second face-to-face meeting since Ukraine crisis broke out with pro-Moscow rebels in February, following the fall of Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych.

Under the law of Ukraine, elections must take place within 60 days of the decree of dissolution’s publication. A spokesman for Ukrainian presidency said the election will take place on October 26.

The decision of Poroshenko was announced on the eve of his expected meeting with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. He was departing for Belarus, where he would attend a summit with Putin and the other European Union leaders. The summit will be mainly devoted to the war in eastern Ukraine.