The Kremlin confirmed that the two presidents "exchanged their opinions on what should be done first and foremost to end bloodshed in southeastern Ukraine as soon as possible. "If the Ukrainian side abides by its promises of a cease-fire, we are prepared for settling the process politically," Miroslav Rudenko, a separatist official, was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying Wednesday, after Kiev's cease-fire announcement.
The announcement comes amidst an influx of Russian troops and military weapons into eastern Ukraine, with Mr Poroshenko facing a dilemma of either making concessions with the separatists, or continuing a war that has seen over 2,000 dead since April. "The points of views of the presidents of both countries on possible ways of exiting the crisis situation are for the most part aligned," the Kremlin said on its site Wednesday.
The new statement said Mr Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, had agreed in a phone call "on a regime of a cease-fire" for the Donbas region, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces for five months.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have agreed on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, according to a statement published on the Ukrainian president's website Wednesday.
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