A woman (C) looks at portraits of people killed in recent clashes on a tent in the 'Euromaidan' protest camp at the Independence Square in Kiev, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Crisis-hit Ukraine took the first step Wednesday toward granting more powers to the regions in line with Western wishes but stopped well short of creating the federation sought by Russia.Ukraine's new Western-backed government said it would like to eliminate the current practise under which local governors are appointed by the president and move toward an election system.The Ukrainian government's statement follows closely in line with US wishes by stressing that a system under which regional governors are appointed by local legislatures would be more efficient.
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