Donetsk People's Republic leaders ready to extend ceasefire until June 30
27 June 2014, 20:25 -- The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is willing to agree to Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko's proposal on extending the ceasefire.
'Petr Poroshenko has extended the ceasefire until June 30. We are also ceasing fire for this period of time,' DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai told journalists in Donetsk on Friday evening.
Armistice between Ukrainian forces and militia to end today
The armistice between Ukrainian forces and the militia that was declared by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko is to end on June 27. The ceasefire order came into force on June 20 at 9:00 pm GMT. The document signed by Poroshenko stipulated that the fire could be opened only 'if the militia attacks Ukrainian forces or civilians,' ITAR-TASS says.
However, the Ukrainian government didn't fulfill the ceasefire order, Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Supreme Council of the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), said. Ukrainian forces shelled the village of Semenovka, near Slavyansk, killing five people, he said.
'This is a real value of the Ukrainian government's promises. I guess that the Ukrainian government regards its own promises as formality that is needed to sign a European Union Association Agreement,' Pushilin said. Kiev needed to declare the armistice officially, but Ukrainian forces continued to shell the region.
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