Ukraine rivals 'prepared to restore ceasefire'

Ukrainian president and separatist leader both say they are open to reinstalling a truce

Ukraine rivals 'prepared to restore ceasefire'


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and separatist leader Alexander Borodai have both said they are prepared to observe a ceasefire if conditions are agreed.

Poroshenko said on Tuesday that Kiev would hold a truce if the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitored security along a de facto border with eastern Ukraine, all hostages were released and both sides laid down their arms, according to a statement on his official website.

The Ukrainian president had announced the end of a 10-day ceasefire on Monday.

Meanwhile Borodai, the separatist leader and self-declared prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, said his side was prepared to discuss a ceasefire with the Kiev government.

Borodai said: “We will consider the views of Russia and the OSCE and, in this context, we are willing to make a truce consultation with the Kiev government if they are also ready.

“We can waive some of our political demands for a peace settlement in our region.”

Tension continues to remain high in Ukraine after pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part declared their intention to break away from Kiev in March. 

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