Speaking at the National University of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s graduation on June 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a temporary ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, according to Interfax Ukraine.
Poroshenko declared that “Ukraine is in a state of war,” and that Russia is waging “a new type of warfare – with the use of professional subversive groups, mercenaries, volunteers, and the local population. And these volunteers and the local population have ‘washed’ brains in a huge part due to the information war.”
The president said the Ukrainian military will halt their operations in eastern Ukraine, in the hopes that the Russian-backed militants who have been fomenting separatism there will lay down their arms.
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