Ukraine’s newly-installed president has called for all fighting in the east of the country to stop by the end of this week.
Petro Poroshenko’s demand for a cease fire comes as reports came in of more shelling on the rebellious town of Sloviansk.
Russian language television filmed what it said was evidence of Ukrainian artillery gunfire.
It also said locals who have been hiding in their cellars have been without running water for days. .
Poroshenko – who was sworn in as president on Saturday – has also called for Ukrainian state borders to be restored so that all Ukrainian citizens can be assured of their security irrespective of their political preferences.
Poroshenko was speaking after meeting with a contact group in Kyiv formed to implement a peace plan for Ukraine
He has already discussed his ceasefire proposals with Russian President Vladimir Putin while they both attended the recent Normandy D-Day commemorations.