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I welcome today’s vote by the Ukrainian Parliament which was overwhelmingly in favour of a return to the 2004 constitution. This is an important first step in implementing the agreement signed this morning between the President and the opposition.
I urge all sides to adhere to the agreement in good faith to ensure a peaceful political settlement, including a return to the 2004 constitution, a government of national unity and early elections.
The vote to decriminalise a number of articles under the criminal procedure code is significant, including the possible implications for Mrs Tymoshenko. We need to see progress towards establishing a fairer and more transparent justice system in Ukraine. The United Kingdom will work to support these positive developments over the coming days and weeks.