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Ukrainian president orders ceasefire

Ukrainian president orders ceasefire

Ukraine's president has said a truce agreed with pro-Russian rebels in the east must be honoured, as he ordered the army to stop fighting. Petro Poroshenko also warned the rebels against continuing attacks on the besieged strategic town of Debaltseve. Fighting appeared to have died down immediately after the ceasefire took effect at 22:00 GMT. But...

Ukraine peace deal 'in great danger'

Ukraine peace deal 'in great danger'

The Ukrainian president has warned a deal to end the war in the east is in "great danger" after heavy fighting ahead of Saturday night's ceasefire. Petro Poroshenko also accused Russia of "significantly increasing" its offensive in spite of the peace agreement reached in Minsk on Thursday. Meanwhile, the US said it was very concerned...

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

A deal aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been agreed, following marathon talks in Belarus. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. The deal also involves the withdrawal of heavy weapons from conflict areas, but some issues remain to be settled. The pro-Russian...

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

Following the February revolution, Ukraine’s political landscape shifted rapidly. Refusing to recognise the new Kiev government and dubbing the revolution a coup d'état, Russia moved to secure its existing military installations within Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. As unidentified troops secured government buildings Pro-Russia separatists sought to consolidate their local power and Sergey Aksyonov declared...

Ukraine in talks over rebel polls

Ukraine in talks over rebel polls

Ukraine's president is to chair a crisis meeting of his security chiefs, following elections in rebel-held areas which Kiev describes as a "farce". In a TV address, Petro Poroshenko said Sunday's polls in parts of the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions could derail the "entire peace process". Two pro-Russian leaders were declared the winners of...

POROSHENKO IN KEY US VISIT

Ukraine president urges US support

Ukraine president urges US support

  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the US to provide military assistance to his country to counter pro-Russian eastern separatists. In an address to a joint session of Congress, he said ill-equipped young Ukrainian servicemen were fighting a "war for the free world". President Obama - along with many other Western leaders - has condemned...

Ukraine agrees 'ceasefire process'

Ukraine agrees 'ceasefire process'

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he has agreed with Russian President Putin by phone on a "ceasefire process" for the east. His office initially reported that a "permanent ceasefire" had been agreed but later revised its statement. The Kremlin stressed Putin had not agreed to a ceasefire as Russia was not party to the conflict. US...

Ukraine president vows peace 'roadmap'

Ukraine president vows peace 'roadmap'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a "roadmap" will be prepared to end fighting between troops and pro-Russian separatists in the east. He was speaking after holding his first direct talks on the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarus. Putin said Russia would assist a dialogue, but stopping the fighting was a matter for...

Ukraine 'retakes two more cities'

Ukraine 'retakes two more cities'

The Ukrainian government says its forces have retaken two more eastern cities from pro-Russian rebels. The website of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the national flag was raised in Artyomivsk and Druzhkivka. It comes a day after government forces regained control of the rebel stronghold of Sloviansk. Meanwhile, large crowds have attended a rally in the...

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D-Day spirit ignites hope

D-Day spirit ignites hope

Russia and Ukraine appeared to have made a long-awaited breakthrough in efforts to resolve a damaging crisis in their relations after conciliatory talks on the sidelines of Friday's D-Day anniversary ceremonies. Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko embraced the spirit of the day that signalled the end of World War II by announcing...

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