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Ukraine’s Central Authority Doomed, Russian Lawmaker Says

Ukraine’s failure to achieve a military victory over pro-Russian rebels means the country can’t remain a “unitary state” even if it maintains territorial integrity, a senior Russian lawmaker said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who agreed to a cease-fire with pro-Russia insurgents on Sept. 5 and pledged to decentralize power, would face a “worse” outcome if fighting were to resume, said Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of parliament. “Poroshenko understands this.”