Ukraine separatists to press on with offensive: Interfax




 
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January 23rd, 2015  
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Topic: Ukraine separatists to press on with offensive: Interfax


Pro-Russian separatists will press on with a military offensive in east Ukraine and will not initiate ceasefire talks with the Ukrainian authorities, their leader was quoted as saying on Friday. Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in east Ukraine, made clear the rebels were in no mood to compromise after making territorial gains in recent weeks. "There will be no attempts to speak about a ceasefire on our part," Russia's Interfax news agency quoted him as saying at a meeting with students in Donetsk. A ceasefire between government forces and the separatists was agreed last September but has failed to take hold, with each side accusing the other of violating it and fighting increasing this month.




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