11:34 09.06.2014

Ceasefire must be ensured in eastern Ukraine this coming week - Poroshenko

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Ceasefire must be ensured in eastern Ukraine this coming week - Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the fighting in eastern Ukraine must be stopped this coming week.

"We must ensure ceasefire this week," Poroshenko told the trilateral contact group for implementing the peace plan for eastern Ukraine in Kyiv on Sunday.

"The situation where people die each day and Ukraine is paying such a high price, is unacceptable," the Ukrainian president said.

"Therefore, first, the work of the Ukrainian state border must be restored in order to guarantee security for all Ukrainian citizen living in Donbas, irrespective of their political preferences," Poroshenko said.

The presidential press service told Interfax-Ukraine that the meeting was attended by Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Pavlo Klimkin, the OSCE secretary general's special envoy Heidi Tagliavini and Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov.

Poroshenko said that the parties must work to implement the agreements reached in Normandy in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He also proposed holding the group's meetings on a daily basis in order to assess what has been done and to coordinate further moves to implement the peace plan for eastern Ukraine.

Reports said earlier that Poroshenko unveiled his plan for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine in France on June 6.

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