Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said he hopes a peace process for the troubled eastern region of his country to begin on Friday in the Belarussian capital Minsk and urged politicians to support the talks.
"I greatly hope that on Friday in Minsk the peace process will finally begin," Poroshenko said in a statement. "The people of Ukraine are fully in favour (of peace), while politicians want to play at war. I want to say that I will not allow this," he added.
Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are scheduled to hold more talks in Minsk on Friday on ending the six-month conflict between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
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