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Ukraine's president pushes for peace

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:10

June 16 - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko calls for a truce in eastern Ukraine. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Scenes of chaos and violence outside the Russian consulate in Odessa. The eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk bears testimony to the fight -- with damage lined streets in the pro-separatist stronghold. Against this back drop, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling for a truce. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "According to the decisions which the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council will adopt today, a ceasefire will be offered, as the start of the implementation of the peace plan of the president of Ukraine." But it's a ceasefire with a time limit. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "I want to underline, that the time of the ceasefire will be limited. Because it will be irresponsible today to get dragged into a lasting negotiation process, because we don't need to have talks for the sake of talks." Poroshenko says his proposals for peace include constitutional change to allow more decentralization of power, a demand by many people in eastern Ukraine. He did not say how long the truce he was proposing should last.

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Ukraine's president pushes for peace

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:10