Monday, June 23, 2014

Ukraine Says Rebels Ignoring Unilateral Cease-Fire

Defense Ministry Calls on Russia to Do More for Peace Plan to Work

Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ

MOSCOW—Ukrainian authorities on Monday accused pro-Russia separatists in the east of blatantly disregarding a unilateral cease-fire declared by Kiev on Friday and continuing attacks on government forces.

The charge comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for Kiev to hold unconditional talks with rebel leaders, saying it was the only way that a peace plan offered by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko could be successful. Mr. Poroshenko has said he is willing to talk with anyone who has opposed the government except for those with "blood on their hands."

"In response to this offer of peace, the militants and terrorists have continued their armed attacks, blatantly violating the truce," Ukraine's defense ministry said in a statement.

Western leaders are threatening broader sanctions against Russia if Mr. Putin doesn't move to stop the separatists from fighting and secure stretches of the border under rebel control. Kiev has accused Moscow of allowing heavy weaponry and fighters to flood into Ukraine.

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