Putin advises Poroshenko to display goodwill, stop operation in southeastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko to display goodwill and statesmanlike wisdom and immediately stop the military operation in the southeastern part of Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko to display goodwill and statesmanlike wisdom and immediately stop the military operation in the southeastern part of Ukraine.

Speaking to journalists in Deauville, France, on Friday evening, Putin was asked what he believes needs to be done to stop hostilities in this part of Ukraine.

"I think this is the Ukrainian leadership's goodwill, or if you will, statesmanlike wisdom. It needs to be displayed. This operation should be stopped immediately, and a ceasefire needs to be declared immediately," Putin said.

"It can't be any other way. If Right Sector takes part in combat activities - and this is an unofficial military unit - takes their own soldiers, official Ukrainian armed forces servicemen, to the field and shoots them without judicial safeguards only for their refusal to shoot at the people… Or seize a hospital and shoot the wounded… Can this be considered normal conditions for a negotiating process? No. This needs to be stopped immediately," he said.

"We expect a thorough investigation into all crimes, including the crimes in Odesa," he said.

"Certainly, I said this to my numerous partners in today's negotiations," he said.

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