Poroshenko says east Ukraine 'radically changed' since truce

Picture released on September 8, 2014 by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko presenting military awards in the gounds of Mariupol airportUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday that the situation in the war-torn east had changed dramatically since a truce was signed last week, with most Russian troops withdrawn. “Ukraine will not make any concessions on issues of its territorial integrity,” he told a cabinet meeting. Despite the defiant tone from Poroshenko, a rebel leader insisted the separatists still intended to break away from Kiev’s rule. “We are not considering remaining part of Ukraine,” Andrei Purgin, the deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told AFP in Moscow.

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