KIEV, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Tuesday said he was ready for a dialogue with militias in eastern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian leadership is prepared for a dialogue with the insurgents who are ready to "give up arms and use future amnesty," start "political dialogue in order to elect new authorities as well as decentralization" and with those who support the restoration of peace in the eastern regions, Poroshenko said.
The president also said his peace plan would be implemented by all means. "There is no doubt that the peace plan will be implemented. It has won the support of the whole world, and it will be supported in Donetsk and Lugansk as well."
He suggested to add "people who represent the biggest force" to the list of representatives of the eastern regions in order to resume the peace talks.
Poroshenko made these remarks on a brief trip to the city of Slavyansk, the city recently regained by the Ukrainian troops in eastern Donetsk. The president promised the residents that the authorities were doing their best to restore life in the city as soon as possible.
Earlier in the day, Poroshenko suggested holding the next round of talks of the contact group, involving Ukraine, Russia and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Donetsk region's northern town of Sviatohirsk.
However, the proposal was immediately rejected by the self- proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), as the town is controlled by Kiev.
UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki- moonreiterated that military means alone can't provide solution to the Ukrainian crisis and that a renewed and lasting ceasefire upheld by all parties is fundamental, his spokesman said on Monday.
"The secretary-general is aware of reports that armed militias have regrouped in Donetsk and Lugansk and that the Ukrainian forces are engaging in intensified military activity," Ban's spokesman said in response to a press question.Full story
BERLIN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The leaders ofGermany, French and Ukraine held a telephone conversation on Friday to discuss developments in Ukraine, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.
German ChancellorAngela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed that a bilateral ceasefire and a common approach by Ukraine and Russia to secure their border are preconditions to stabilize the situation in Ukraine.Full story
BERLIN, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The leaders ofGermany, French and Ukraine held a telephone conversation on Friday to discuss developments in Ukraine, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.Full story