Poroshenko ends Ukraine ceasefire, renews operations against rebels

KIEV Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:05pm EDT

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko takes part in a meeting of the Security Council in Kiev June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko takes part in a meeting of the Security Council in Kiev June 16, 2014.

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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday government forces would renew offensive operations against pro-Russian rebels and "free our lands", hours after a ceasefire to make way for peace talks with the rebels had expired.

Shortly after a four-way phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German and French leaders, Poroshenko blamed the rebels for failing to keep to the truce or follow a peace plan he had outlined.

"We will attack and free our lands. The decision not to continue the ceasefire is our answer to terrorists, militants and marauders," he said in a televised statement delivered in front of the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag.

"The unique chance to implement the peace plan was not realised. It happened because of the criminal actions of the militants. They publicly declared their unwillingness to support the peace plan as a whole, and in particular the ceasefire."

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said on Monday 27 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed since the ceasefire began on June 20. The truce ended at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT).

Ahead of his announcement, Poroshenko had met with security chiefs, some of whom had called against a ceasefire extension because of military losses and fears that the rebels were using it as an opportunity to regroup and rearm.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Thomas Grove; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (6)
xcanada2 wrote:
The Poroshenko “peace plan” was very unfortunately more like a surrender plan. The Eastern Ukrainians were required to disarm before direct talks with the Ukrainian government. What do you think would be in store for those rebel “terrorists, militants and marauders”, those hated pro-Russian people, those people with Russian roots?

The US could have better advised its puppet. But, we are hell bent on confrontation with Russia, and destruction of EU’s energy relationship with Europe.

Ukraine is a complete economic basket case. If Poroshenko was a Ukrainian patriot, why would he put Ukrainians, and particularly his Eastern Ukrainian citizens, through what they face? To me, he must be bought off.

Read carlmartel’s excellent summary of the economic situation, and its possible ramifications:
http://www.reuters.com/article/comments/idUSKBN0F51NP20140630

This is a very sad day for Ukraine!

VI 30, 2014 8:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hohohohoho wrote:
More warmongering from Poroshenko, next we’ll here his whine about his storm troopers get killed and the cycle of violence will repeat again and again till Ukraine is no more. Very sad.

VI 30, 2014 9:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:
The Poroshenko “peace plan” was very unfortunately more like a surrender plan. The Eastern Ukrainians were required to disarm before direct talks with the Ukrainian government. What do you think would be in store for those rebel “terrorists, militants and marauders”, those hated pro-Russian people, those people with Russian roots?

The US could have better advised its puppet. But, we are hell bent on confrontation with Russia and destruction of EU’s energy relationship with Europe.

Ukraine is a complete economic basket case. If Poroshenko was a Ukrainian patriot, why would he put Ukrainians, and particularly his Eastern Ukrainian citizens, through what they face? To me, he must be bought off.

Read carlmartel’s excellent summary of the economic situation:
http://www.reuters.com/article/comments/idUSKBN0F51NP20140630

This is a very sad day for Ukraine!

VI 30, 2014 10:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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