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Ukrainian president seeks truce to push peace plan

An armed pro-Russian separatist guards a border post abandoned by Ukrainian border guards at Chervonopartyzansk along the Ukraine-Russia border, June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

KIEV: President Petro Poroshenko called Monday for a truce in east Ukraine, where his government faces a rebellion by pro-Russian separatists, to provide time to seek agreement on a peace plan.

In a statement to security chiefs, Poroshenko said that he had set government forces the task of regaining full control of Ukraine's border with Russia this week. Once this was done, he said, a temporary ceasefire should be observed and efforts made to agree on a peace plan.

 

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