Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko vows ” roadmap” for peace

Posted: August 27, 2014 in World News
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says a “roadmap” will be prepared to end fighting between troops and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

He was speaking after holding his first direct talks on the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin
in Belarus.

Mr Putin said Russia would assist a dialogue, but stopping the fighting was a matter for Ukraine itself.

Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of arming the rebels, a claim repeatedly denied by the Kremlin.

“A roadmap will be prepared in order to achieve, as soon as possible, a ceasefire regime which absolutely must be bilateral in character,” Mr
Poroshenko said after two hours of talks with Mr Putin in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

Earlier this year, Mr Poroshenko declared a unilateral ceasefire but accused the rebels of not following suit.

Prior to their one-to-one meeting, the two leaders also took part in discussions with the EU’s top
diplomat Catherine Ashton.

The summit came after 10 Russian soldiers were seized in Ukraine’s east.

More than 2,000 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. The two regions declared independence from Kiev following Russia’s annexation of the southern
Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March.

In a statement on his website after the talks, Mr Poroshenko added: “Our main goal is peace. We are demanding decisive actions which will bring peace on Ukrainian soil.”

“The logic of a peace plan was after all supported by all the heads of state without exception.”

Meanwhile, President Putin said at a news conference that “Russia, for its part, will do everything to support this peace process if it starts”.
But he stressed that it was up to the government in Kiev and separatist leaders in the east to work out conditions for a truce.

The two leaders reportedly agreed to hold further consultations between Ukraine’s and Russia’s border guard agencies.

Before the face-to-face meeting there were doubts that such talks would even go ahead. the The pair last met briefly in June at the D-Day commemorations.

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