BBC News reports a senior Ukrainian rebel leader has told the BBC that a new law granting self-rule to parts of the east will not sway the demand for independence. Andrei Purgin said there were no plans to develop any political relationship, federal or otherwise, with Ukraine. The new law is part of a truce agreed between separatists and the Ukrainian government, after months of conflict. Meanwhile two civilians were killed by fighting in the eastern city of Donetsk on Wednesday, officials said. The new law, which affects Donetsk and Luhansk regions and is in line with the 5 September ceasefire, was condemned by some Ukrainian MPs as "capitulation." The truce has held despite sporadic fighting between the two sides over the past 12 days.