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Ukrainian President calls for peace plan after Putin phone call

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has outlined plans for a brief window that will allow pro-Russian fighters to leave eastern Ukraine unimpeded by the country’s army.

The temporary ceasefire has yet to be agreed upon by opposition forces, or given an official green light by Moscow.

Poroshenko has expressed hope that the lull in fighting would allow Ukraine to re-establish control over its border with Russia, with the intent of preventing more pro-Russian rebels from joining the fight.

The changing tone from Kyiv comes after a phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin late Tuesday evening.

Poroshenko shed some light on Kyiv’s intentions, noting:

“I can say that the period of ceasefire will be rather short. We expect that illegal armed groups will then immediately disarm. Then order will be reached, including joint patrolling against, criminals and bandits who are destabilising situation in the east.”