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.

The Ukrainian authorities took advantage of the ceasefire to strengthen their positions and continue to bombard settlements of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), Chairman of the Supreme Council of the LPR, Alexey Karyakin said on Wednesday. He noted that immediately after the announcement of the truce there were victims among

the civilian population on the territory of the LPR as a result of shellings.

“A mutual decision on ceasing fire was made, as well as on ceasing any movements of military vehicles. It was fundamental in order to begin peace talks. But, unfortunately, after we had agreed on a ceasefire, reports showed that the Ukrainian authorities have used the truce and strengthened their movement in our direction; began to concentrate troops at our borders, received aviation. We see that the Ukrainian authorities have ordered to bombard our settlements,” RIA Novosti quotes Karyakin.

The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic have commented on a statement by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, who said the ceasefire might be called off ahead of time.

“In fact, the so-called ceasefire never happened. The Ukrainian army started bombing Semionovka and Slovyansk in the morning. The gunfire was constant although it was less intensive,” Donetsk People’s Republic Supreme Council deputy, Donbas militia leader Myroslav Rudenko told Interfax.

“It was a mere declaration and the hostilities never stopped de facto. Not even for an hour,” he added.

The Ukrainian president’s press service reported earlier Poroshenko had ordered the chiefs of law enforcement services to open fire in the case of attacks on their positions within the army operation zone and said the ceasefire might be cancelled ahead of time.


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