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On statement by Petro Poroshenko

June 20, 2014

The statement by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on a temporary ceasefire has been made, incidentally or deliberately, at a time when the Russian territory near the Dolzhansky checkpoint came under fire, and as a result, the building was destroyed and, what's most important, our customs officer has been wounded.

In this connection, the Russian side expects explanations and apologies.

In a situation like this, the Russian side should carefully analyse the text of the Ukrainian President’s respective decision and its implementation procedure.

Unfortunately, the initial analysis shows that this is not a proposal for peace or negotiations, but rather an ultimatum to militia groups in southeast Ukraine to lay down their arms.

So far, the key component is missing – that is the proposal to commence negotiations.

June 20, 2014