Decision on bilateral ceasefire may be taken if contact group reaches agreement on peace plan, says Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the trilateral contact group may agree on bilateral ceasefire in Ukraine's east during the meeting scheduled for Friday in Minsk.
"Tomorrow at 1400, if it is confirmed, if the meeting takes place, I will address and I will give instructions to the leadership of the General Staff concerning the bilateral ceasefire, and we hope that the implementation of the peace plan will begin tomorrow," Poroshenko said during the NATO summit in Newport (Wales) on Thursday.
Ukraine wants peace, he reiterated. "Ukraine has never wanted a war, it is tired of the war and will do all it can to bring peace to its land," he said.
The first step towards peace is a ceasefire, as well as decisive action that will facilitate disarmament, nationwide dialogue and the making of relevant legislation aimed at bringing stability to Luhansk and Donetsk regions, Poroshenko added.