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Ukraine's Poroshenko says close to point of all-out war with Russia

Published on Aug 31, 2014 1:38 AM
 
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko gives a press conference following his meeting with the European commission president at the EU Council building in Brussels on August 30, 2014. He said on Saturday he believed that efforts to halt violence with pro-Russian rebels were very close to a "point of no return" and that failure could lead to "full-scale war". -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday he believed that efforts to halt violence with pro-Russian rebels were very close to a “point of no return” and that failure could lead to “full-scale war”.

“I think we are very close to the point of no return. The point of no return is full-scale war, which already happened on the territory controlled by separatists,” he told a news conference in Brussels after meeting EU leaders.

He added, however, that a trilateral meeting on Monday involving representatives of Kiev, Moscow and the European Union could produce a ceasefire.

Poroshenko was answering a question about an earlier comment he had made about the “point of no return".

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