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Crimean Parliament has urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop bloodshed and called on peaceful settlement of the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine.

"Kiev should heed the opinion of a tremendous number of citizens wishing peace and quiet on their land and demanding observation of their inalienable rights and civic freedoms," the Parliament said in a statement on Wednesday.

In April, Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov launched anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the south-east Ukraine, following the unrest in the region.

Pro-Russian rebels stormed government buildings in number of Ukrainian cities, demanding authonomy from Ukraine.Later Luhansk and Donetsk regions declared creation of so-called “people’s republics”.

Fighting in Ukraine's restive east has intensified in the past week, with Pro-Russian rebels launching an attack on Donetsk airport and on a border guards' base near Luhansk.

Fourteen Ukrainian troops died when their helicopter was shot down near Slovyansk on May 29.

Ukraine’s newly-elected President Petro Poroshenko announced that his first mission as president was to "end war and bring peace" and announced his first trip would be to the heavily pro-Russian, rebel-held east.

The ceremony of inauguration to take place in June 7.

QHA