Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Confirms 'De-Escalation' in Conflict

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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko Confirms 'De-Escalation' in Conflict

File photo of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. (Reuters)


Kiev: 

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed Friday a "gradual de-escalation" in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, a month after a ceasefire agreement came into effect.

"The fact that we have not had military losses for several days... is a clear indication of a gradual de-escalation," Poroshenko told Ukraine's private 1+1 television network.

Poroshenko's remarks tallied with those of international ceasefire monitors, who said Thursday that the February 12 truce was "broadly" holding up, despite sporadic clashes in a handful of flashpoints.

Poroshenko said he was confident that Ukraine's appeals to the West for arms - which so far have fallen on deaf ears - would receive a favourable response if the rebels mounted a renewed offensive.

"If there is a new upsurge in the aggression against Ukraine, I can say with certainty that we will immediately receive lethal weapons and a new wave of sanctions against the aggressor. We will act in a tough and concerted fashion," he said.

On Wednesday the US announced plans to send Kiev military equipment worth $75 million - but not weapons.



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