Poroshenko promised unilateral cease-fire

18 June 2014 15:17

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has announced plans for a unilateral cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists. 

Poroshenko told reporters in Kyiv on June 18 that he would soon order a "very brief" unilateral cease-fire as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week-long separatist insurgency.

The Kremlin earlier said that Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed a possible cease-fire in eastern Ukraine in a telephone conversation on June 17.

According to Ukraine's first Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema, 125 Ukrainian soldiers were killed during the period of the antiterrorist operation in eastern Ukraine.