KIEV, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on late Monday declared the decision to terminate the ceasefire in southeastern regions.
"Following a discussion of the situation, as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, I took the decision to stop prolonging the unilateral ceasefire regime," he said after a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council.
The president added that he would be ready to resume it if all sides observed provisions of his peace plan.
He blamed the leaders of the insurgent forces in eastern Ukraine for disrupting the ceasefire, saying they had showed "unwillingness to fully support the peace plan as well as the truce." He also once again called on the insurgents to lay down arms.
Poroshenko insisted that the defense of Ukraine's territorial integrity "requires offensive actions as well."
The president noted that "the supervision over borders by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe" is one of possible conditions to resume ceasefire.
He also expressed his disappointment at Russia, saying that "we did not see any concrete steps towards de-escalating the situation."
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 government troops during the ceasefire.
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