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Petro Poroshenko orders halt of military operations against pro-Russian rebels for one week as part of a peace plan. Europe Ukraine president announces temporary truce Petro Poroshenko orders halt of military operations against pro-Russian rebels for one week as part of a peace plan. Last updated: 21 Jun 2014 01:34 Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker Email Article Print Article Share article Send Feedback Ukrainian troops have ceased fire in a fight against pro-Russian separatists as a first step in efforts to de-escalate the conflict in the country's east, days after rebel leaders rejected a peace process. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, announced a week-long truce on Friday, but said the army would fight back in case of a separatist attack. "The forces of the anti-terrorist operation will halt military action starting today and through June 27," Poroshenko was cited as saying in comments published on the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's website. Shortly after the annoucement, the Kremlin was quoted by the Russian news agencies as saying that the truce declaration sounded more like an ultimatum. Poroshenko said the ceasefire would give separatists time to lay down their arms and leave the country, to be followed by talks, new local elections and a jobs programme. Poroshenko discussed the details of his peace plan on the phone on Thursday with Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, and his office says he emphasised the need for introducing effective border controls and quickly releasing hostages seized by the rebels. Rebel leaders have dismissed the plan and it remains to be seen to what extent they would comply. Surces: Aljazeera/Raw-News/agencies

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Produced by Zoe Harris, Federico Fornaro
Directed by Paul Brennen
Video Language en
Produced Jun 21, 2014
Published Jun 22, 2014
Production Company Al-Jazeera/Raw-News
Distributor Al-Jazeera

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