Nato 'preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself'

Nato is preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia, the head of the military organisation said.

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Ukraine's president calls for truce in east Ukraine

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko called for a temporary ceasefire in eastern Ukraine to "provide time to seek agreement on a peace plan."

Ukrainian troops ride in truck in the eastern port city of Mariupol. Credit: Reuters

In a statement to security chiefs, Poroshenko said he had set government forces the task of regaining full control of Ukraine's border with Russia this week.

Once this was done, he said, a temporary ceasefire should be observed and efforts made to agree on a peace plan.

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