Ukraine president to order unilateral ceasefire 'shortly'

Ukrainian troops patrol an area near the border of Ukraine with Russia outside Kharkiv on June 16, 2014. Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that he will soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of
Ukrainian troops patrol an area near the border of Ukraine with Russia outside Kharkiv on June 16, 2014. Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that he will soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week insurgency. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that he will soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week insurgency.

"The peace plan begins with my order for a unilateral ceasefire," the Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted the Western-backed leader as saying.

"Immediately after that, we must receive support for the presidential peace plan from all sides involved (in the conflict). This should happen very shortly."