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Ukraine's parliament calls local elections in October, but not in rebel-held east or Crimea

  • A Ukrainian army officer tries to handle residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as they wait to cross a Ukrainian government forces' checkpoint at the road from Horlivka to Artemivsk to leave the territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists for Ukrainian territory near Artemivsk, Donetsk region,  eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    A Ukrainian army officer tries to handle residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as they wait to cross a Ukrainian government forces' checkpoint at the road from Horlivka to Artemivsk to leave the territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists for Ukrainian territory near Artemivsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions line-up to show their ID to a soldier while waiting to cross a Ukrainian government forces' checkpoint at the road from Horlivka to Artemivsk to leave the territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists for Ukrainian territory near Artemivsk, Donetsk region eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions line-up to show their ID to a soldier while waiting to cross a Ukrainian government forces' checkpoint at the road from Horlivka to Artemivsk to leave the territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists for Ukrainian territory near Artemivsk, Donetsk region eastern Ukraine, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)  (The Associated Press)

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to call a local election across the country in October, but not in the rebel-occupied east.

The Kiev government has had no control over parts of eastern Ukraine since separatist rebels began fighting government forces there in April 2014, a conflict that has since claimed more than 6,400 lives.

An armistice signed in February by Ukraine, Russia and the Russia-backed rebels called for local elections in eastern rebel-held areas as one of the steps to toward a comprehensive cease-fire, which has not been reached yet.

The bill passed Friday by the Rada said local elections will not be held in Russia-occupied Crimea or in rebel-held eastern districts because Ukrainian officials have no access to those areas.