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Turchynov: Poroshenko is likely to extend ceasefire upon returning from Brussels

June 27, 2014, 17:23 UTC+3 KIEV
Earlier, Poroshenko pledged to implement plan “B” in case the militias in the east continued fighting
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Petro Poroshenko makes a speech at the center of military operation in Ukraine's east on June 20

Petro Poroshenko makes a speech at the center of military operation in Ukraine's east on June 20

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KIEV, June 27. /ITAR-TASS/. 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.

“Today is a very important day for Ukraine. It has signed an association agreement with the European Union. The president will announce further actions later in the day,” Turchynov emphasized.

He added that regretfully the people’s militias in East Ukraine had not heeded the Ukrainian authorities’ proposal and continued using arms.

Earlier, Poroshenko pledged to implement plan “B” in case the militias in the east continued fighting. The Ukrainian leadership is keeping the plan’s details secret.

Parliament-appointed Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov during the rite of passage of graduates from the National police academy of Ukraine has stated that the Ukrainian side is set to give “an adequate, but tough response to the terrorists who will not lay down arms in the nearest hours”. “Everyone who is sane will get another few hours to fulfill the requirements put forth by Ukraine. Otherwise we will be acting adequately and violently,” he said.

Avakov stated that overnight to Thursday, a checkpoint in Sloviansk was attacked by militiamen. According to his estimates, this has “a political, but not military background”. “This is an attack on peace, on attempts to solve the conflict by peaceful means,” the minister noted. Avakov added that “the militants are observing the truce that cost Ukraine a lot in a weird way”. “In the framework of the so called peaceful process by LPR and DPR we unfortunately have more than 20 casualties on our side, a huge number of wounded, patience that drained to the lees,” he noted.

President Poroshenko’s order on ceasefire came into effect June 20 at 22:00 local time (19:00 GMT). The document said “if an armed attack is carried out on Ukrainian military units and civilians, the servicemen will open fire in response”.

POROSHENKO’S PLAN
  1. “Security guarantees for all participants of the talks”;
  2. “Relief from criminal responsibility for those who laid down arms and did not commit grievous crimes”;
  3. “Liberation of hostages”;
  4. “Creation of a 10 km buffer area on the Russian-Ukrainian state border. Withdrawal of illegal paramilitary groups”;
  5. “Creation of a guaranteed corridor for the withdrawal of Russian and Ukrainian mercenaries”;
  6. “Disarmament (not specified on which side it spreads)”;
  7. “Setting up of units within the Interior Ministry for carrying out joint patrolling”;
  8. “Liberation of illegally captured administrative buildings in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”;
  9. “Resuming of activities of local authorities”;
  10. “Renewal of central television and radio broadcasting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”;
  11. The document also includes steps for “decentralization of power (by electing executive committees, as well as the protection of the Russian language, and draft bill on amendments to the Constitution);
  12. The plan envisages “the approval of the governors’ candidacies with Donbass representatives before the elections”. However, the document specifies that this clause will be observed only in case there is a joint candidacy. In case there are differences in candidacies, the president keeps the last word.
  13. The plan concedes holding “snap local and parliamentary elections” in Ukraine.
  14. The president pledges to develop “a program of creating jobs” in Ukraine’s east;
  15. The country’s leader plans to engage in “restoring industrial and social infrastructure facilities” that were damaged during the crisis in Ukraine.

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