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Four-point Peace Plan for Ukraine
May 09, 2014

Peace gets a chance in strife-torn Ukraine as Russia and Europe agreed on a roadmap for ending the standoff between Kiev and rebellious Russian-speaking regions.

Following his meeting with Swiss President Didier Burkhalter in Moscow yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Russian protesters in Ukraine to postpone a referendum for state sovereignty they plan to hold on May 11 in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

According to Vladimir Putin, the rescheduling of the referendum is needed ‘to create the necessary conditions for dialogue’. Another condition is a halt to the military crackdown on anti-government protesters in eastern Ukraine. Russia emphatically demands that Kiev’s authorities immediately call off all military and punitive operations in Ukraine’s southeast.

The Russian leader said, “The main thing today is to set up direct, full-fledged dialogue between Kiev’s current authorities and representative of Ukraine’s southeast, that would convince the latter that their legitimate interests within Ukraine would be guaranteed. Our approaches to ways for resolving this crisis largely concur.”

Mr. Burkhalter, who is current head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), announced a four-point peace roadmap for Ukraine, which called for ceasefire, de-escalation of tension, the launching of dialogue and elections in Ukraine.

The peace plan appears to have also been coordinated with Germany. Kiev’s reaction to the OSCE roadmap was not immediately known, but Ukrainian authorities on released people’s governor of Donetsk Pavel Gubarev, arrested in March. 


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