Ukraine's president extends truce for the east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has extended a week-long ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east for another three days.

Ukraine's president 'extends ceasefire for 3 more days'

A ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has been extended for three more days, the Ukrainian president's office has said.

A pro-Russian separatist guards a road checkpoint outside the town of Lysychansk Credit: Reuters

President Petro Poroshenko's office said that the week-long cease-fire that ended today has been extended until 10pm local time on Monday.

A leader of pro-Russian insurgents said today they would also extend the ceasefire if Mr Poroshenko does so.

Read: Vladimir Putin 'supports' Ukrainian president's peace plan

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Putin continues to call for Ukraine compromise

Activists of a pro-Ukrainian radical youth group pose in a front of riot police outside Consulate department of Russian embassy in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has urged both sides in the Ukrainian conflict to sit down at the negotiating table and find a compromise.

He said such a compromise must guarantee the rights of Russian-speaking residents of eastern Ukraine, who must feel like they are "an integral part" of Ukraine.

More: Putin: Ceasefire plan needs 'practical action' to be viable

Putin: Ceasefire plan needs 'practical action' to be viable

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he supported Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko's call for a ceasefire, but added that without "practical actions" to start negotiations the plan would not be viable.

Vladimir Putin supports the decision of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to cease fire in the southeast of Ukraine, as well his stated intentions to take a number of concrete steps to achieve a peaceful settlement.

However, the Russian head of state drew attention to the fact that the proposed plan without practical actions aimed at the beginning of the negotiation process will not be viable and realistic.

– Kremlin statement

Putin 'supports' Ukrainian president's ceasefire decision

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said that he supports the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's decision to call a ceasefire, according to a Kremlin statement.

Armed pro-Russian separatists pledge an oath during a ceremony in the city of Donetsk today.
Armed pro-Russian separatists pledge an oath during a ceremony in the city of Donetsk today.

However, he said the plan will not be viable without "practical actions" to start the negotiation process.

Read: Ceasefire under pressure after attacks in east Ukraine

Ceasefire under pressure after attacks in east Ukraine

A unilateral ceasefire called for by Kiev is under pressure after pro-Russian separatists attacked an Ukrainian military base and posts on the border with Russia, government forces said.

Armed pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk Credit: Reuters

The fresh attack came just hours after the start of a ceasefire at 10 p.m. on Friday by Ukrainian forces, ordered by President Petro Poroshenko as part of his plan to end the rebel insurgency in the east of the country.

Read: Russia could face new sanctions unless it defuses Ukraine tension

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Russia could face sanctions unless it defuses tension

Russia could face the threat of fresh sanctions unless it fails to defuse tensions on the Ukraine border, the White House has warned.

The US claimed it has intelligence suggesting Russia was accumulating tanks and military forces near its border with Ukraine.

A Ukrainian serviceman pictured near a military camp in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

US President Barack Obama spoke with both French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel after Ukraine's president declared a week-long ceasefire in its fight against pro-Russian separatists.

Russia dismissed Petro Poroshenko's plan, claiming it was an "ultimatum" rather than an offer of peace.

After President Obama's conversations with the respective leaders, a statement said: "They agreed that should Russia fail to take immediate, concrete steps to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, the US and the European Union would coordinate additional steps to impose costs on Russia."

Read: William Hague welcomes Ukraine's ceasefire plan

Poroshenko meets Ukrainian troops after ceasefire call

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko met soldiers at a military camp in eastern Ukraine as he announced a week-long ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists today.

Petro Poroshenko got a close look at the Ukraine army's latest camouflage wear. Credit: Reuters
The Ukrainian president wore a military uniform for the occasion. Credit: Reuters
Poroshenko addressed troops at the Svyatogorsk military camp. Credit: Reuters

US: Russia has reployed forces to Ukraine border

The US State Department said it was told Russia has accumulated tanks and artillery at deployment sites that may be given to separatist fighters in Ukraine.

People said to be pro-Russian separatists hold rocket-propelled grenades.
People said to be pro-Russian separatists hold rocket-propelled grenades. Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

The US also has its own information that Russia redeployed military forces to its border with Ukraine, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"We have information that additional tanks have been prepared for departure," she added.

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