Ukraine’s ceasefire amid mistrust

Posted: February 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

After days of ferocious attacks, a ceasefire went into effect after midnight Sunday in Ukraine, followed by brief accusations of violence.

President Petro Poroshenko ordered the Ukrainian military to hold its fire against pro-Russian militants in the nation’s east. The separatist Donetsk People’s Republic also announced a truce.

The ceasefire aims to end 10 months of violence in the nation’s east.

But less than 90 minutes after it started, Ukrainian officials reported mortar shelling at a military post near Zolote in the Luhansk region.

The peace agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, comes with questions over how it will be implemented and whether it will stick. Mistrust is high on both sides, adding to the doubts.

The town of Debaltseve, a strategically located railroad hub in the east, is a crucial piece of the ceasefire.

In his speech announcing the ceasefire, Poroshenko said Ukrainian troops control the town and warned militants to stay away.

“I think the fact of using the tense situation on the outskirts of Debaltseve by militants-terrorists-mercenaries poses a great threat, which can violate the ceasefire regime,” Poroshenko said.

Separatists claimed to have encircled Debaltseve.

Poroshenko has warned that if the separatists do not abide by the ceasefire, he will impose martial law throughout Ukraine’s territory.

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Source : CNN NEWS

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