Ukrainian President Poroshenko Declares Ceasefire Over: ‘We Will Attack’

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DONETSK, Ukraine – Ukraine waited late into the night for word from its president as to whether a fragile ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the country’s restive east would continue, or the active phase of the government’s counterinsurgency operation would restart.

It came 43 minutes after midnight on Tuesday, when Petro Poroshenko said he had decided to suspend the ceasefire first announced on June 20, after consultations with Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Monday evening.

“We will attack and we will liberate our land. Non-renewal of the ceasefire is our response to terrorists, rebels, looters, all those who are tormenting civilians, who are paralyzing the regions’ economy … who are depriving people of a normal, peaceful life,” the president said in an address to the nation. Read more…

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