Ukraine president pledges ceasefire in separatist east
Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:57 PM
KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko announced on Wednesday that he would soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east to help end the 10-week pro-Russian insurgency.
He took a further step toward relieving tensions with Russia by deciding to replace acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya - a hate figure in Moscow - with his current envoy to ongoing OSCE-mediate negotiations with the Kremlin.
But the Western-backed leader also appealed for US and EU help to secure his crisis-torn country's porous border with Russia and stem the influx of arms and militants into the conflict zone.
"The peace plan begins with my order for a unilateral ceasefire," the Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted Poroshenko as saying.
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