KIEV, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that he was ready to order a cease-fire with independence-seeking insurgents if international mediators agree on it during their meeting in Minsk on Friday.
"Tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time (1100 GMT), if the planned meeting in Minsk goes ahead, I will call on the General Staff to set up a bilateral cease-fire," Poroshenko said on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales, Britain.
Poroshenko voiced the hope that the implementation of the peace plan aimed at ending the crisis in eastern Ukraine will also begin on Friday.
Poroshenko's statement drew positive reaction in Ukraine, with insurgent leaders voicing their readiness to make concessions.
In their joint statement, the self-styled leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics said they are ready to reach a bilateral cease-fire with government troops if certain conditions are met.
"Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of Donetsk People's Republic and Igor Plotnitsky, the head of Lugansk People's Republic said they are ready tomorrow, on Sep. 5, at 3 p.m.to order a cease-fire if an agreement on it is reached in Minsk," the statement said.
According to the statement, during Friday's talks, insurgent leaders will seek a detailed accord, which "would guarantee the compliance with the cease-fire regime from both sides of the conflict."
On Friday, representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are scheduled to hold talks in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, to find political ways out of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 2,600 people.
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KIEV, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The leaders of independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine have outlined a roadmap to put an end to military confrontation with government troops, local media reported Thursday.
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