Monday, June 30, 2014

Ukraine President Under Intense Pressure To Issue Another Extension To The Ceasefire

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine President To Call Ceasefire -- AFP

Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko has announced that he will soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east to help end the 10-week pro-Russian insurgency.

He took a further step towards relieving tensions with Russia by deciding to replace acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya -- a hated figure in Moscow -- with his current envoy to ongoing OSCE-mediate negotiations with the Kremlin.

But the Western-backed leader also appealed for US and EU help to secure his crisis-torn country's porous border with Russia, and stem the influx of arms and militants into the conflict zone.

"The peace plan begins with my order for a unilateral ceasefire," the Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted Poroshenko as saying on Wednesday.

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Update: EU leaders urge Ukraine to extend ceasefire -- Al Jazeera

My Comment: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is also under pressure from Ukrainian nationalists who apparently want to wage war against pro-Russian separatists .... ‘Let’s wage war!’ Huge crowd rallies in Kiev for end of ceasefire, martial law -- RT

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