Kiev has no plan for ceasefire after reclaiming Slaviansk
Sunday, July 06, 2014 - 01:30
Ukraine's Security Council says no ceasefire is planned as fighting continues in Ukraine's eastern regions, a after government forces recaptured separatist stronghold of Slaviansk. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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A heroes welcome in Slaviansk.
Formally a rebel stronghold, Ukrainian security officials say they are now in full control, after troops carried out several powerful strikes on Saturday.
A military victory that President Poroshenko says could be a turning point in the fight against separatists.
And Kiev is not planning a ceasefire unless certain conditions are met.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENCE COUNCIL SPOKESMAN, ANDRIY LYSENKO, SAYING:
"Ukrainian president has underlined there will be no unilateral ceasefire. It may happen only if terrorists unconditionally give up weapons, release hostages and when control over Ukrainian-Russian border is restored with the participation of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) international observers."
But these residents in Luhansk have seen enough bloodshed.
They're appealing to their president to start peace talks, and find an end to the violence.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LUHANSK RESIDENT RAISA, SAYING:
"Not through war, only through peace, through talks. War is not a way out of this situation, and the most terrible is that civilians die. Children, elders are left homeless, without bread and water, without electricity and everything else. Is it a solution? Of course not. There should be talks."
While Slaviansk is Kiev's most notable military victory in three months of conflict -- it may not signal an end to the fighting -- with Poroshenko warning that rebels are re-grouping in other big towns.
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