Ukraine's Poroshenko welcomes Putin's step towards military de-escalation

MOSCOW, June 24 Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:19am EDT

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MOSCOW, June 24 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday Russia's move to revoke a resolution authorising military intervention in Ukraine was the Kremlin's "first practical step" towards settling the crisis in the country's restive east.

Russian agencies reported earlier that Putin had submitted a request for the resolution to be revoked.

The decision is "the first practical step since the Russian President formally supported the Ukraine's peace plan," a statement posted on the presidential website quoted Poroshenko as saying. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Alessandra Prentice)

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