Ukrainian army soldiers speak at a check-point near a city of Slovyansk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
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Ukraine's new Western-backed president threatened Tuesday to revoke his one-week unilateral cease-fire in order to retaliate for the downing by pro-Russian rebels of an army helicopter that killed nine servicemen.The announcement came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Kiev to extend the cease-fire and asked his legislature to revoke permission for Moscow to use force against its turbulent neighbor.Poroshenko said he hoped to address the violence Wednesday with Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.Putin said the weeklong cease-fire announced by Poroshenko should be accompanied by talks that would give people in the mostly Russian-speaking east a sense of security and protect their rights.
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