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Ukraine's Ceasefire Is Shot Down in Flames

27 Jun 2014 8:20 AM | Anonymous

The ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine has effectively gone down in flames, just like the military helicopter that the rebels shot down on Tuesday evening. That the truce agreed on Monday has fallen apart so quickly suggests that the forces on the ground don't always listen to their commanders in Kiev and Donetsk. It could also indicate that the leaders of both sides are not yet willing to compromise. In a phone call, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to take measures to preserve the ceasefire and called for further negotiations. Also on Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Putin to publicly call on the rebels to put down their arms. But the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine and the declaration of an end to the ceasefire by a key rebel leader seem to have killed chances for a meaningful truce.    The Vice News.   Read More

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