Separatists dismiss Ukraine cease-fire

2014-06-21 16:07
A pro-Russian holds his weapon during clashes with Ukrainian troops on the outskirts of Luhansk, Ukraine. (File, AP)

A pro-Russian holds his weapon during clashes with Ukrainian troops on the outskirts of Luhansk, Ukraine. (File, AP)

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Donetsk - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's embattled east have dismissed a unilateral cease-fire ordered by President Petro Poroshenko as fake, while nine Ukrainian service members were wounded in clashes just before and after the cease-fire began.

Otherwise, no large-scale fighting had been reported on Saturday, the first full day of what is to be a six-and-a-half-day stand-down by the Ukrainian military.

Poroshenko ordered the cease-fire starting at 22:00 on Friday as a first step in a peace plan he hopes will end a conflict that has left hundreds of people dead and weighed heavily on the country's economy.

The plan includes an amnesty for fighters who lay down their arms, and a chance for them to leave the country. That is to be followed by local and parliamentary elections and a jobs programme. The Kremlin - which had consistently demanded that Kiev be the first to cease fire - dismissed the plan, saying it sounded like an ultimatum and lacked any firm offer to open talks with insurgents.

Separatist leaders have rejected the cease-fire and said they will not disarm. In Donetsk, a group of armed men gathered in the central square to take a military oath to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

Pavel Gubarev, who describes himself as the governor of the Donetsk People's Republic, claimed there was no cease-fire near Slovyansk, scene of serious clashes over the past several months.

"There is no cease-fire over there," Gubarev said. "There is shooting all the time, and this cease-fire that Poroshenko is talking about is just fake. The Ukrainian forces are either not under his control, or he is just a liar."

Speaking to Russian reporters in Saudi Arabia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lambasted Poroshenko's peace plan as "lacking the most important thing: an offer to start a dialogue."

Poroshenko has always ruled out negotiations with those "who have blood on their hands."

Lavrov also said that Moscow is concerned about what it described as a "build-up of military activity" in Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported.

Border post attacked

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso lauded Poroshenko's peace plan and urged "all parties" to "actively promote its implementation."

The Ukrainian Border Guard Service reported overnight attacks on two border posts in the Donetsk region, which left three troops injured, hours after the cease-fire was announced. One of the posts, Vyselky, was attacked with mortar and sniper fire for half an hour, the border guards said.

An attack on another border post, Izvaryne, immediately before the cease-fire left six men injured, the Border Guard Service said.

Ukraine's defence ministry reported two attacks on the quarters of a missile unit in the village of Avdiyivka. Kiev said men armed with automatic rifles and grenade launchers attacked the base at 23:00 - one hour after the cease-fire was announced - prompting the army to respond. The rebels left in the morning, the defence ministry said.

The UN says 356 people have died in violence in Ukraine since 7 May, and 34 000 have left their homes. The UN count did not include several recent clashes and fighting before 7 May.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert as well as an exercise for airborne troops. The combat alert in the central military district, which encompasses the Volga region and the Ural mountains but not western Russia, will last until next Saturday and will involve 65 000 troops, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Nato spokesperson Oana Lungescu on Saturday lamented Moscow's military exercises, saying that "it can be seen as a further escalation of the crisis with Ukraine."

- AP

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