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Ceasefire to be delcared once border secure, says new Ukrainian president

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the National Security and Defense Council on Monday that he hopes that a military operation to secure the country's eastern border will be accomplished by the end of the week. Once done, he said the government could then proclaim a ceasefire.
By JC Finley   |   June 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM   |   Comments

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KIEV, Ukraine, June 16 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday that a ceasefire would be imminent once the country's eastern border is secure.

"As soon as the border is closed, we could immediately proclaim a fire cease. It is irresponsible to announce a fire cease with an open border, given the situation in Donetsk and Lunhansk," the president told a National Security and Defense Council meeting on Monday.

"I hope we will fully succeed in doing so," the president added.

The president said at the meeting that he hopes the military operation to secure eastern Ukraine's border will conclude by the end of the week.

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