Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 29th 2014 Contents A pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine
erupted the month after, leading to the developments
that have brought Russia-West relations to their
lowest point since the Cold War times.
The US and the EU have slapped travel bans and
asset freezes on members of Russian President
Vladimir Putin s inner circle and threatened to
impose more crippling sanctions against entire sec-
tors of Russia s economy if the Kremlin fails to de-
escalate the crisis.
The EU leaders on Friday said Russia and the
rebels should take steps to ease the violence, includ-
ing releasing all captives, retreating from border
checkpoints, agreeing on a way to verify the cease-
fire and launching "substantial negotiations" on
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko s peace plan.
The weeklong cease-fire, which both sides have
been accused of violating, expired at 10 pm local
time (1900 GMT), but Poroshenko quickly declared
its extension until 10 pm local time tomorrow.
He warned, however, that the cease-fire could
be terminated in areas where rebels violate it.
A leader of the insurgents, Alexander Borodai,
promised to abide by the extended cease-fire after
Friday s troika talks that included a former Ukrainian
president who represented the Kiev government,
the Russian ambassador and an OSCE envoy.
He rejected the EU leaders demand to retreat
from three checkpoints on the border with Russia
captured by the rebels, but invited OSCE to send
its monitors to the border crossings and any other
areas in the east.
Borodai also said that the rebels have offered the
government that the conflicting parties free all the
captives they hold.
He demanded that the Ukrainian government
pull back its forces as a condition for holding mean-
ingful talks to settle the crisis.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval was
quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that
the situation in the east was largely quiet overnight
and there were no casualties among Ukrainian
troops despite sporadic shooting.
But later on Saturday, Ukrainian military
spokesman Olexiy Dmitrashkovskiy said that three
Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four others were
wounded in a rebel shelling near Slovyansk, a key
flashpoint in the insurgency, Interfax reported.
Rebels, in turn, claimed that Ukrainian troops
tried to capture one of the checkpoints on the Russ-
ian border, which they control, but were rebuffed.
Russian officials said that several Ukrainian shells
landed on Russian territory early yesterday, and
one shell fragment hit the border checkpoint on
the Russian side of the border, but there were no
The insurgents also descended on a Ukrainian
National Guards unit in Donetsk, demanding that
the troops leave or join the rebels ranks.
None of the troops voiced a desire to
switch sides. There was no fighting there.
As part of his peace plan, Poroshenko
this week also submitted a set of consti-
tutional amendments that would give
broader powers to the regions and allow
local authorities to have more say on such
issues as language and culture.
Lavrov acknowledged that Russia has
some leverage with the rebels, pointing at
their move this week to release four
observers from the Organization for Secu-
rity and Cooperation in Europe after weeks
of captivity, but claimed that Moscow s
influence is limited.
"There are reasons to believe that they
hear us on other aspects of Russian posi-
tion regarding the crisis in Ukraine, but
that doesn t mean that they immediately
move to heed our calls," he said.
"These people have their own vision,
it s their land and they want to be its mas-
ters, they want to negotiate with the central
government on what terms it can be done."
Four other OSCE observers are still being
held, but Borodai promised Friday to free
them "in the nearest days." (AP)
Lavrov acknowledged that
Russia has some leverage
with the rebels, pointing at
their move this week to
release four observers
from the Organization for
Security and Cooperation
in Europe after weeks of
captivity, but claimed that
Moscow's influence is
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