Ukraine supports peace, but ready for war: Poroshenko

A pro-Russian separatist monitors through a pair of binoculars the position of the Ukrainian army near the village of Frunze on November 4, 2014Ukraine remains committed to a peace process with pro-Russian separatists, but is rearming and prepared for war should they attempt to launch a new offensive, President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday. Speaking at the start of a crisis meeting of security chiefs in the capital Kiev, Poroshenko said that he had not given up on a deal brokered in September to end the seven-month conflict, in which more than 4,000 people have died. “Ukraine remains a firm supporter of the peace plan,” Poroshenko said. Poroshenko warned that Ukraine’s military was ready for any separatist attempt to expand the territory they control — as they have repeatedly threatened to do.

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