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Ukraine may submit any Russia peace deal to referendum - presidential official

Andriy Bogdan, a lawyer and adviser to new President Zelenskiy, attends a news conference in front of the Presidential administration headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine may submit any preliminary peace deal agreed with Russia to the Ukrainian people for a referendum, the new head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration told the 112 TV news channel on Tuesday.

Ukrainian troops are fighting Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region in a conflict that has killed 13,000 people since 2014. Ukraine also wants Russia to return Crimea, which Moscow annexed the same year.

“On the question of reaching peace agreements with Russia, we are considering holding a popular referendum,” Andriy Bogdan said.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Angus MacSwan