Poroshenko says ceasefire may end, orders army to open fire if attacked

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered security forces commanders to open fire in the case of attacks on their positions within the military operation zone and said the ceasefire may be canceled ahead of time.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered security forces commanders to open fire in the case of attacks on their positions within the military operation zone and said the ceasefire may be canceled ahead of time.

Poroshenko gave the order at a meeting with law enforcement and security services on Tuesday evening, the presidential press service said.

"On June 24 the militants broke their promise to observe the ceasefire regime they made in Donetsk at a meeting with the tripartite contact group and shot down a helicopter of the Ukrainian Armed Forces; nine people died. Since the moment the president's peace plan was declared, the terrorists have opened fire on Ukrainian servicemen 35 times," the report said.

The chief of state ordered "not to hesitate to return fire."

"The president leaves open the possibility for cancelling the ceasefire ahead of time, considering the constant [ceasefire] violations by the militants controlled from the outside," the press service said.

In addition, Poroshenko expressed his hope for holding a quadripartite teleconference with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 25.

"Petro Poroshenko expects this conversation to lead to Russia's practical steps towards the disarmament and pullback of mercenaries from the Ukrainian territory and the reliable security regime on the border," the report said.

On June 20 Poroshenko ordered Ukrainian law enforcement officers engaged in the operation in southeastern Ukrainian regions to cease fire at 10 p.m. on Friday until 10 p.m. next Friday, June 27.

"The chief of state noted that this phase of the peace plan was coordinated with the OSCE monitors and had a strictly limited period for everyone supportive of the president's plan to have a chance to lay down arms," said the report posted on the president's official website.

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