Separatists take military oath, denounce ceasefire
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 01:06
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk take military oath and denounce the ceasefire ordered by President Poroshenko. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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They are taking an oath to fight in eastern Ukraine.
In a ceremony in Donetsk on the town's Lenin Square they pledged to defend themselves until "the last drop of blood."
This comes a day after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko offered a peace plan.
An offer the self-proclaimed Donbass Region Governor Pavel Gubarev refuses.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SELF-PROCLAIMED DONBASS REGION GOVERNOR, PAVEL GUBAREV, SAYING:
"We are taking a military oath today. That means that the rebels become an army and we will continue to arm ourselves to defend our native land from the fascist, neo-fascist invasion."
On Friday, Poroshenko ordered a ceasefire to allow his peace plan to take root. The ceasefire ends at 10 p.m. on June 27.
The Kremlin has denounced the move -- calling it an ultimatum rather than a peace offering
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