The Miadan Assembly on Independence Square in Kiev backed the demand to call off the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, to declare martial law in this region and to disqualify the Ukrainian Choice organization's leader, Viktor Medvedchuk, as a negotiator in the settlement talks between Kiev and the eastern regions.
Several thousand people gathered on Independence Square for an assembly on Sunday. They were joined by representatives of the volunteer battalions Donbass, Dnipro and Aidar, of the Council of the Hundreds and of the Maidan public organizations who had picketed the building of the presidential administration headquarters on Bankova Street in Kiev earlier on Sunday.
A letter listing the demands was read out from an improvised stage and passed over to the presidential administration. A demand was voiced for disqualifying Medvedchuk and lawmaker Nestor Shufrych as negotiators in talks between Kiev and the eastern regions
The participants were invited to reappear on Independence Square next Sunday and to gather near the parliament building on Tuesday to demand that a new law on elections be adopted.
Reports said earlier that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko extended the truce in eastern Ukraine, declared on June 20, until 10 p.m. June 30. Ukraine expects "centers in Russia for recruiting mercenaries to be closed and the movement of illegal armed formations in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions cut short."
Multilateral consultations were held on June 23 at the Donetsk regional state administration, attended by Medvedchuk, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Heidi Tagliavini, former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, leader of the Southeast Movement Oleg Tsarev and representatives of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics. The contact group's first meeting was held in Kiev on June 8.
The trilateral contact group representing Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE held consultations on Friday with representatives of the Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics. The agenda included return of the seized border checkpoints, hostages' release, ceasefire and President Poroshenko's peace plan.
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