Today's AP News Summary:
Download Podcasts |Radio | Video
More: Video Gallery | Multimedia Gallery | Today in History | Sports Gallery | This week in photos

In other news:
U.S. | WORLD | BUSINESS | PERSONAL FINANCE | TECHNOLOGY | SPORTS | ENTERTAINMENT | HEALTH | SCIENCE | POLITICS | OFFBEAT | RAW NEWS | WEATHER

�more��Latest from the Associated Press
Oct 6, 7:25 AM EDT

Ukrainian parliament approves bills related to rebel regions

AP Photo
AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Latest News
Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base

Russia: Formal complaint made over gay crackdown in Chechnya

North Korea lawmaker: Need nukes because of US threat

Poland expels Russian historian suspected of hostile actions

The Latest: Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian parliament has passed hotly-disputed bills regarding the rebel-controlled eastern territories following debates interrupted by scuffles.

The bills submitted by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have drawn fierce criticism from some lawmakers. Opponents of the bills argued that they don't assert Ukraine's control of the eastern territories strongly enough and swarmed the speaker's platform Thursday, causing the session to be adjourned.

The parliament on Friday finally passed the bills, which refer to elements of the 2015 peace deal for eastern Ukraine brokered by France and Germany.

The agreement signed in the Belarusian capital Minsk has helped reduce fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops, but clashes have continued and efforts to reach a political settlement have stalled. Over 10,000 people have been killed in fighting since April 2014.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.