Signs of peace

Print edition : October 03, 2014

President Petro Poroshenko with Ukrainian Army personnel at Mariupol. The picture released on September 8 by the Presidential Press Office shows him in a military uniform for his first war-time visit to a flashpoint eastern city. Photo: Mykola Lazarenko/AFP

(From left) Aleksandr Zakharchenko, "prime minister" of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk; Mikhail Zurabov, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine; Igor Plotnitsky, rebel leader of Lugansk, Heidi Tagliavini, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe envoy; and Leonid Kuchma, former President of Ukraine, after the ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk on September 5. Photo: VASILY MAXIMOVAFP

Russia sees the Ukranian government’s ceasefire pact with the eastern rebels as a definitive step forward to peace, but the U.S. and Britain have accused Russia of undermining democracy in the east European country “at the barrel of the gun”.
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