by Editor | June 22, 2014 2:47 am
BBC – Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he supports a peace plan tabled by Ukraine – as long as it includes “practical action” to start talks.
He said Kiev must negotiate and make compromises with pro-Russian rebels for the plan to be “viable and realistic”.
Mr Putin also said a week-long truce – declared by President Petro Poroshenko – must not be used as an “ultimatum”.
Clashes have continued in eastern Ukraine, with rebel attacks overnight injuring six border guards.
The separatist fighters have dismissed the truce, accusing the Ukrainian army of violating their own ceasefire.
Meanwhile, the US has imposed sanctions – including asset freezes – against seven pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine.
Western leaders have threatened additional sanctions against Russia, which they accuse of stoking tension in Ukraine. Moscow denies the claim.
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