CONFLICT IN UKRAINE: Rebels Reject Ukrainian Cease-fire Announcement

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine to "stop advancing" and for the Ukrainian army to withdraw their troops from the region.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said earlier Wednesday that Kiev and Moscow agreed on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine but Putin's spokesman said later Moscow was not in a position to agree to it because it is not party to the conflict.

Putin was quoted by Russian news agencies on Wednesday saying that Kiev must withdraw its troops and stop artillery strikes. Putin said he expected the final agreements to be reached in Minsk, Belarus, on Friday.
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The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are in agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but the statement was ambiguous and there was no immediate indication that the fighting would stop.

The brief statement Wednesday said "mutual understanding was reached regarding the steps that will contribute to the establishment of peace" but gave no details.

Poroshenko's office first said that there was "agreement on a permanent cease-fire," but later revised the statement to say "agreement on a cease-fire regime." The changes appeared in Ukrainian, Russian and English-language versions issued by the office.

That appeared to indicate an agreement on conditions necessary for a cease-fire, not that one would imminently be implemented.

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President Barack Obama says "it's too early to tell" how serious reports are of a cease-fire between Russia and eastern Ukraine.

Obama says the U.S. has consistently supported efforts by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to achieve a meaningful cease-fire that could lead to a political settlement after months of conflict between the countries.

Poroshenko's office said Wednesday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reached agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have spent months battling the government in Kiev. Wednesday's statement says mutual understanding was reached. It provided no details.

Obama says no realistic settlement can be achieved if Russia continues to send tanks and troops into Ukraine under the guise of separatists.

Obama commented at a news conference in Estonia.

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The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reached agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.

The brief statement on Wednesday gave no details and there was no immediate reaction from the Russia-backed separatists whom Ukrainian forces have been fighting since April.

Ukraine and Western countries claim Russia has sent troops into Ukraine to back the separatists, but Moscow rejects those allegations

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