“I need to return and hold consultations with the military and government. The ceasefire will be in force until evening, and the decision will be made by that time,” Poroshenko said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to make an official statement on possible extension of ceasefire in east Ukraine upon his return from Brussels later in the day, Ukrainian parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said on Friday.
He added that regretfully the people’s militias in East Ukraine had not heeded the Ukrainian authorities’ proposal and continued using arms.
Earlier, a European diplomatic source quoted Petro Poroshenko as saying to the leaders of 28 EU states that he had extended the truce in east Ukraine for three days. The source added, the Ukrainian president assured European leaders that Ukraine's government forces only opened fire if they came under an attack.
Earlier the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council confirmed reports that unilateral ceasefire regime would expire at 10 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT) in eastern Ukraine. Representative of the Ukrainian Security Council’s information center Andrei Lysenko said this at a media briefing on Friday.
“We expect a response from international community. The leadership of our country will take a decision on the issue at a next media briefing at 5 p.m. local time (14:00 GMT) and we will inform you about it,” Lysenko stated.
Kiev’s punitive operation against federalization supporters in Ukraine’s embattled Southeast involving armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation has killed hundreds of people, including civilians, left buildings destroyed and damaged and forced tens of thousands to cross the border from Ukraine to Russia.Poroshenko, who won the May 25 early presidential election in Ukraine and took office on June 7, on June 20 announced a ceasefire in Ukraine’s Southeast until June 27. He also presented a peace plan to settle the situation in the Southeast during his first working trip to the Donetsk Region.
Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Borodai said Monday, June 23, after talks on implementation of Poroshenko’s peace plan, that militias in Ukraine’s embattled Southeast agreed to the ceasefire until June 27.
There have, however, been reports that the ceasefire has been violated many times.