Ukraine president gets boost for peace plan but clashes continue
Published on Jun 19, 2014 7:53 PM
KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday confirmed Kiev's negotiator with Moscow as foreign minister in a boost for the new president's plan to end the bloody pro-Russian insurgency gripping the separatist east.
The unanimous approval of Mr Pavlo Klimkin came as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to host leaders from the restive rust belt as he continued to build his case for a ceasefire following 10 weeks of fighting.
Significantly, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Moscow's RIA Novosti state news agency that "we wish the new minister success and are ready for contact with him."
Mr Poroshenko vowed to order the army to halt hostilities and give the rebels a chance to disarm after late-night talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin bolstered hope for a solution to Ukraine's worst crisis since independence in 1991.
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