Ukraine leaders meets security chiefs as ceasefire end nears




 
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June 30th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine leaders meets security chiefs as ceasefire end nears


By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a meeting of his security chiefs on Monday to decide whether to extend a shaky ceasefire in the war against separatists that was due to lapse at 10 p.m. (1500 ET). Poroshenko consulted the national security and defense council after four-way telephone discussions with the leaders of Germany, France and Russia aimed at helping end the situation in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east where government forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists since April. His office said the four leaders backed a further meeting of the so-called contact group involving separatist leaders, a former Ukrainian president, a senior representative of the OSCE rights and security body and Moscow's ambassador to Kiev.




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