KIEV, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian troops resumed a military operation against insurgents in the eastern regions after the end of a 10-day ceasefire, Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said on Tuesday.
The announcement came after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decided not to extend the ceasefire in the violence-hit regions.
In a national address on Monday, Poroshenko stressed he would be ready to resume the truce if all the sides observed his peace plan.
The Ukrainian president announced a week-long ceasefire by the government forces on June 21 to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict, and later extended it to June 30.
However, the insurgents in the largely Russian-speaking east of Ukraine had allegedly continued their attacks on the goernment troops during the ceasefire.
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PARIS, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed to work on implementing a cease-fire between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian authorities, French presidency office said Monday.
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MOSCOW, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an extension of a ceasefire in Ukraine's southeastern regions, the Kremlin said on Monday after phone talks with European Union (EU) leaders.
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