Saturday, 28 June 2014

E.Ukraine answers EU demands, pledges cease-fire till Monday

Kiev’s bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES CEASEFIRE The prime minister of the self-proclaimed republic said that the anti-government forces will honor the ceasefire “for the same period” Kiev intends to keep the truce. However, Boroday said that he doubts Kiev will fulfill its promise to establish a ceasefire. “We hope that the ceasefire will be more than [Kiev’s] blabbing,” he added, as cited by RIA. PEACE NEGOTIATIONS Anti-government activists will start negotiations with Kiev only after the latter withdraws the its military, the National Guard and Right Sector squads from the territory of the self-proclaimed republics, Boroday said. RUSSIA’S BORDER Despite Kiev’s demands, the self-proclaimed republics won’t surrender control of the three checkpoints- Dolzhanskoe, Izvarino and Krasny Partisan- on Russia’s border, said the prime minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as cited by ITAR-TASS. OSCE MISSION AND HOSTAGES He also said that the self-proclaimed DPR is ready to invite Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers to border territories and guarantee their safety. We “invite OSCE observers, with the participation of Russia or not, to be present at these checkpoints, and, in fact, we’d like them to cover as many points in this armed conflict as they can.” He added that the authorities of the self-proclaimed republics are making lists of these locations and they are ready “to aid” the mission. On Friday, overnight, anti-government activists freed four OSCE observers out of the eight detained at the end of May. Among the freed were citizens of Switzerland, Estonia, Turkey and Denmark. Boroday stated that DPR authorities are set for the exchange of hostages ‘all for all,’ while adding that another group of four OSCE observers will be freed shortly. “We are committed to make such lists on our part and expect that such lists will be presented by the opposite side,” said Boroday, concerning the hostages. “We do not agree upon the term ‘hostages,’ we agree on the term ‘detained,’ ‘restrained’ or ‘prisoner of war.’ But we really agree that such an exchange must take place under the ‘all for all’ principle,” he said, adding that about 500 anti-government militias are being held captive by Kiev and all hostages must be freed. Boroday’s statement comes in response to media reports that during talks with EU leaders in Brussels on Friday, President Petro Poroshenko proposed extending the ceasefire in Ukraine’s south-east for a further 72 hours. Following the negotiations, Poroshenko said that he will decide on further steps concerning the ceasefire upon his return to Kiev on Friday. The week-long ceasefire was scheduled to end at 10pm local time on Friday, after its extension by 12 hours earlier in the day. Meanwhile Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov warned on Friday that the Ukrainian army is set for “tough actions” after the end of the truce. Last week, the Ukrainian leader presented a peace plan for the resolution of the conflict, which outlined 15 steps including a ceasefire. The ceasefire plan for government troops also called for all anti-Kiev forces in the region to lay down their weapons. Kiev added that as the ceasefire ends, those who failed to lay down their weapons in eastern Ukraine “will be destroyed.” Later, Poroshenko warned that he has a “detailed plan B” if the peaceful scenario fails to work. READ MORE: Ukraine leader offers peace plan amid ongoing shelling


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