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Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire

First Published      Last Updated Jun 30 2014 04:22 pm

The body of an Ukrainian servicemen killed in fighting in the Debaltseve area, is lifted a stretcher by Ukrainian POWs in Novohryhorivka, Ukraine, near the embattled railway hub, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Ukrainian POW's, guarded by separatist fighters, worked along with Ukrainian volunteers and recovered 15 bodies from the area over the past two days.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Kiev, Ukraine • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is halting a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and says Ukrainian forces will go on the offensive against the rebels.

A statement from Poroshenko on his website says the cease-fire is being halted and that "we will attack and we will free our country."

The fragile cease-fire expired Monday night. The idea was to give rebels a chance to disarm and to start a broader peace process including an amnesty and new elections.

But rebels did not disarm, and the ceasefire was continually violated. Rebels did not comply with Poroshenko's latest push to get them to turn over key border crossings with Russia and permit international monitoring of the cease-fire.






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