Ukrainian troops ignore Poroshenko's statement on ceasefire - Lugansk People's Republic
28 June 2014, 17:28 -- The Ukrainian troops do not react to the statement on armistice between the conflicting parties until June 30 made by President Petr Poroshenko and act independently against the militias, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Lugansk People's Republic, Alexey Karyakin said at a press conference on Saturday. According to him, now it is difficult to predict, what the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) and the Ukrainian law enforcers will do after June 30.
The term of the truce agreed upon by the Ukrainian authorities and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics expired on Friday evening. Poroshenko prolonged the ceasefire for three days - until Monday evening. On Friday, when the President's plans to prolong the truce became known, the militia expressed readiness to observe the truce.
'Even after the agreement was reached at this level, the Ukrainian troops still live their own life and absolutely do not react to the statements of the President of Ukraine, and continue their activities,' said Karyakin.
'Unfortunately, I don't know what is happening in the heads of commanders of the Ukrainian army. We expect that the Ukrainian army is always ready to move in our direction,' Karyakin stressed. He added that the LPR militia is always waiting for an attack on the part of the Ukrainian law enforcers.
Refugee bus from southeast Ukraine attacked near Donetsk, casualties reported
Unknown assailants have fired at a bus carrying refugees from the North of the region in the suburbs of Artyomovsk, Donetsk region, two have been killed, the Donetsk People's Republic militia headquarters informed RIA Novosti.
'After shots were fired at the windshield, the driver lost control and crashed into the garage of one of the private houses in Tchaikovsky Street. He died on the spot. One of the passengers was severely injured; she was taken to hospital, where she died,' a militia representative said.
Ceasefire is 'preparation for blitzkrieg', hostilities under way in Kramatorsk - Donbass self-defense
The militia claim there was no ceasefire in Donbass. 'Hostilities are under way in Kramatorsk. The Ukrainian army has ceased fire near Krasny Liman and the Seversky Donets river only to relocate the troops to the other side of the river,' leader of the people's militia of the Donbass, Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Miroslav Rudenko told Interfax.
He believes, 'the so-called ceasefire is a preparation for a blitzkrieg'.
'They have already begun to relocate their vehicles over the bridge, to the other bank of the Seversky Donets,' he added.
Rudenko has also quoted the Commander-in-chief of the DPR army, Igor Strelkov, who said that there would be no ceasefire until Ukrainian law enforcers withdrew their troops to a distance of ten kilometers from the deployment site and stopped the relocation of machinery.
Truce in Ukraine may be prematurely terminated
Ukrainian authorities reserve the right to terminate the truce if its terms are violated, states the website of the President of Ukraine on Saturday. Construction of fortifications or structures that prevent a peaceful life in Donbass is considered a violation. Earlier, the President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko extended ceasefire in eastern Ukraine until Monday evening.
'In case of non-compliance of use of force prohibition regime, Ukraine reserves the right to terminate this regime in the areas where the ceasefire will not be kept,' it is said in a statement. The President also noted that the construction of fortifications and structures will interfere with the peaceful life of the inhabitants of Donbass and thus would violate ceasefire.
On Friday evening, truce agreement between the Ukrainian authorities and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic has expired. Agence France-Presse, with reference to European diplomatic source reported that Poroshenko intends to extend the truce for 72 hours. Militias have expressed readiness to follow the truce.
Later Poroshenko said that he will make a decision on further steps on the cease-fire after returning to Kiev on Friday from Brussels, after consultation with the security forces. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Friday that the Ukrainian troops are set to tough action after the ceasefire in the east of Ukraine.
After this announcement Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow would welcome the extension of the truce, saying that it should not defer the ultimatum.
Poroshenko extends truce in eastern Ukraine until June 30
Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko on Saturday extended a truce with self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine by another 72 hours, the Ukrainska Pravda news site reported. The decision was reached following urgent consultation Poroshenko held with top Ukrainian defense officials on his arrival in Kiev from EU summit in Brussels at which he signed a trade and political association pact.
The one-week truce had been due to expire on Friday at 19:00 GMT
Ceasefire regime in Ukraine's east expires
The ceasefire regime in Ukraine's eastern regions declared by Ukraine's President Petr Poroshenko expired at 23:00 (19:00 GMT) on Friday. Currently, Poroshenko is having a meeting with chiefs of law enforcement agencies and top-ranking military on the situation in the country's eastern regions, Poroshenko's press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said late on Friday. 'Upon arrival from Brussels, the president headed for a meeting with police and army chiefs,' he said.
Earlier on Friday, Poroshenko said in a news conference in Brussels that as soon as he arrived in Kiev, he would look into extending the ceasefire regime in Ukraine's eastern regions for another 72 hours.
'I must return home and hold consultations with the military and the government. Ceasefire regime will be in force till evening and by that time a decision will be passed,' he said. The ceasefire regime was in force from evening of June 20, Itar-Tass reports.
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