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By The Associated Press
Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:15 p.m.
 

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he is halting a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and says Ukrainian forces will go on the offensive against the rebels.

A statement from Poroshenko on his website early on Tuesday said the cease-fire is being halted and that “we will attack, and we will free our country.”

The fragile cease-fire expired on Monday night. The idea was to give rebels a chance to disarm and to start a broader peace process, including an amnesty and new elections.

But rebels did not disarm, and the cease-fire was continually violated. Rebels did not comply with Poroshenko's latest push to get them to turn over key border crossings with Russia and permit international monitoring of the cease-fire.

“The unique chance to put the peace plan into practice was not realized,” Poroshenko said in a speech prepared for delivery to the nation. “This happened because of the criminal actions of the fighters.”

The recently elected Poroshenko had extended the cease-fire from seven days as part of a plan to end the fighting that has killed more than 400 people since April.

Poroshenko's decision followed four-way talks in search of a solution with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Monday as the deadline approached. He issued a statement after the talks ended, saying the key conditions needed to continue the cease-fire had not been met.

Poroshenko said he made the decision after a meeting of the national security council. “After discussion of the situation, I, as commander in chief, took the decision not to continue the unilateral cease-fire.”

European leaders and the United States have urged Russia to use its influence with the rebels to ease the bloodshed and have threatened to impose another round of economic sanctions against Moscow.

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