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Ukraine Rejects Talks with Rebels until they Disarm
Jul 15, 2014

Ukraine brushed off strong European pressure as it rejected talks with pro-Russian rebels on a truce to halt a bloody insurgency convulsing the ex-Soviet nation until they laid down their arms. The unconditional stance reflected a new confidence in Ukraine that it was on the verge of quashing a rebellion it views as Russia’s retribution for the February ouster of a Kremlin-backed leader and the decision to pursue a historic alliance with the West.

But it was also bound to both frustrate EU leaders pushing for a diplomatic solution to the continent’s worst crisis in decades, and Russian efforts to force Ukraine to make compromises that would preserve the Russian-speaking east’s ties to Moscow.

According to Ukrainian Defence Minister, now, any negotiations are possible only after the rebels completely lay down their arms. Ukrainian forces have scored a string of surprise military successes recently that forced most of the militias to retreat to the sprawling eastern industrial hubs of Donetsk and Lugansk—both capitals of their own People’s Republics.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered his troops to blockade the insurgents inside the cities and cut them off from any further arms supplies. But it was not immediately clear how the new pro-Western leader intended to force the militias to give up their three-month campaign to join Russian rule.


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