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Poroshenko Visits Troubled Western Region Of Zakarpattya

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has left Kyiv for the western region of Zakarpattya where deadly shootings between Right Sector and local police took place over the weekend.

Poroshenko's press secretary Svyatoslav Tseholko said on July 15 that the Ukrainian president plans to hold talks with local authorities of the cities of Mukacheve and Uzhhorod.

Earlier on July 15, lawmaker Ihor Kononenko told reporters that Hennadiy Moskal, the head of the eastern Luhansk region, where Ukraine's armed forces have been fighting against pro-Russian separatists for over a year, had been appointed as Zakarpattya's new regional governor.

The gunbattle in Zakarpattya's Mukacheve on July 11 highlighted tensions between the government and nationalist groups that played a role in the protests that pushed Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovych from power last year but now challenge the authority of the pro-Western leaders in power.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax