Monday, June 30, 2014

Ukraine President Suspends Ceasefire. Orders A Full Scale Military Assault (Updated)

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko addresses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, June 26, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

Poroshenko Ends Ukraine Ceasefire, Says Government Will Attack Rebels -- Reuters

* Poroshenko says forces will "attack and free our lands"
* Blames rebels for failing to adhere to ceasefire
* Dismisses Russian offers to defuse crisis
* Truce expired late on Monday
* Talks with Russian, French, German leaders

KIEV, July 1 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday government forces would renew offensive operations against rebels and "free our lands", hours after a ceasefire to allow for peace talks with the pro-Russian separatists had expired.

Poroshenko, who accuses Russia of fanning violence in eastern Ukraine, dismissed Moscow's offers to defuse the crisis, and blamed the rebels for failing to keep to the truce or follow a peace plan he had outlined.

"We will attack and free our lands. The decision not to continue the ceasefire is our answer to terrorists, militants and marauders," he said in a televised statement delivered in front of the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag.

Read more ....

More News On The Ukrainian President Suspending The Ceasefire And Ordering New Military Assaults

English-language translation of Poroshenko's message to Ukraine ending ceasefire against Kremlin-backed separatists -- Kyiv Post
Ukrainian President Ends Cease-Fire With Rebels -- New York Times
Ukrainian President lets cease-fire expire, vows to 'liberate our land' -- CNN
Ukrainian President Poroshenko vows 'We will attack and we will liberate our land' -- UPI
Ceasefire in Ukraine Ends, Government Goes Back on Offensive Against Separatists -- Slate
Ukraine Update: President Orders Restart of Attacks on Rebels -- WSJ
Ukraine leader vows to 'attack' rebels as ceasefire dropped -- i24 News
Ukraine president ends ceasefire with rebels -- BBC
Poroshenko: 'We will attack and we will liberate our land' -- Kyiv Post
'We will attack': Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists -- AP
Ukraine president ends cease-fire, vows attack on rebels -- USA Today
'We Will Attack': Ukraine President Poroshenko Ends Cease-Fire -- NBC
Ukraine Ends Truce With Rebels as Putin Seeks to Continue Talks -- Bloomberg

My Comment: This war is now going to explode.


James said...

"This war is now going to explode." Good guess. For the last 4 weeks they have not acted like they are dealing from a position of strength.

War News Updates Editor said...

I agree .... they are not acting from a position of strength. Unfortunately .... even though they are weak .... they can cause an enormous amount of harm and destruction.

Black Knight said...

Will Russia stand idly by in the face of this full-blown assault on the eastern regions? What happened to all the rhetoric about protecting Russian speakers? My mind is truly boggled. It appears that the Kiev government thinks they can act with impunity, and Russia's recent actions, such as revoking the authority to intervene, seem to confirm that idea. Are the sanctions doing this?