Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has claimed that pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine had violated a previously agreed week-long ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and rebels, intended to last until 27 June. The Ukrainian government are also claiming a soldier has been killed by rebels when the pro-Russian separatists broke the temporary stoppage.
Poroshenko was quoted by the presidential press service saying “Unfortunately there were violations of the ceasefire from the other side. Last night there were another eight cases, one soldier was killed, seven were wounded,” during his meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
According to the Kiev government’s ‘anti-terrorist’ organisation’s spokesperson Vladyslav Seleznyov the separatist militia, armed with grenade-launcher and mortars, attacked a military post near the rebel-held town of Slaviansk. Meanwhile the pro-Russian rebels used small arms in an assault on another post nearer the border with Russia. However, Seleznyov stated that the Ukrainian forces had not been involved with the military action, in line with Poroshenko’s ceasefire.
The ceasefire was a part of Poroshenko’s plan to end pro-Russian insurgency in the Eastern regions of Ukraine. The plan also plans to provide a safe passage back to Russia for those that lay down their arms. The proposed plan secured the backing of Western governments and qualified support from Russian President Vladimir Putin who has urged Kiev to hold talks with the separatist leaders.