BERLIN, May 14 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was critical of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, saying peace was only possible after Russian troops leave.
Poroshenko told a German television interviewer that 11,000 Russian troops are currently in the Donbass, the part of eastern Ukraine in conflict, adding, "We pay a very high price for this pseudo-tranquility. But now the situation is that, since the signing of the Minsk agreements (in February) on a ceasefire in Donbass, 83 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and more than 400 were injured. The country is losing its heroes almost every day. Today, we see that in spite of the Minsk agreements, the amount of Russian weapons and Russian troops in the occupied territories only increases."