Ukraine's Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels




 
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Ukraine's Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels
 
June 21st, 2014  
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Ukraine's Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels
By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns. In Moscow, the Kremlin, whose support Poroshenko needs for his plan to end the insurgency in the rebellious east, denounced the ceasefire as an ultimatum to separatists rather than a peace offering. Poroshenko, installed only three weeks ago as president after seven months of turmoil in the ex-Soviet republic, ordered government forces to cease firing to allow his peace plan for the region to take root.




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