Putin unveils peace plan for Ukraine

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday unveiled a seven-point plan for peace in Ukraine which he said could be approved by rival sides in the conflict during talks scheduled for Friday.

"In order to halt bloodletting and stabilise the situation in southeastern Ukraine" Putin called on both Kiev and pro-Russian separatists to quickly agree to implement his roadmap.

The first point is a "halt to active offensive operations by military forces and armed rebel units" around the rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Lugansk, Putin said in televised comments during a visit to the Mongolian capital Ulan-Bator.

The roadmap also calls for a withdrawal by Ukrainian forces to positions from which they cannot shell cities, and a halt to airstrikes by Kiev's military.

The blueprint also calls for deploying international observers to monitor a ceasefire, the unconditional release of all prisoners, the establishment of corridors for refugees and humanitarian aid, and the dispatch of aid to rebuild infrastructure in Donetsk and Lugansk, which have been the brunt of intense fighting.

"I believe that a final agreement between the authorities of Kiev and southeastern Ukraine can be reached and cemented during a meeting of the Contact Group on 5 September," said Putin.

The Ukraine Contact Group, which includes representatives of Kiev, the separatist rebels, Moscow and the OSCE is scheduled to meet on Friday.

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Thabiso Dekeda 2014-09-03 06:25:59 PM
He is trying to hoodwink the NATO so as not to be firm with his country during their meeting. This is a thug!!
Geoff Skelton 2014-09-03 06:56:52 PM
i think many hundreds of Russian troops have been killed or badly injured in their illegal invasion of Ukraine and also the many oligarchs are very very unhappy with Vlad the bad who could very soon have a motor vehicle accident. Putin has bitten off a bit more than he could chew with ukraine and is thus looking for a way out before the total implosion of the Russian economy.
I.j. Mthimunye 2014-09-03 07:19:12 PM
Let neighbours sort out their differences without foreigners.
Darrell Matodes 2014-09-03 07:55:19 PM
Dumb fckong Russians...still in the dark ages..and they should pay for mh17
Thabiso Dekeda 2014-09-03 07:55:34 PM
He pulled this stunt in Syria too..look what happened thereafter.. Over 200 000 people have been killed and ISIS was born... The propaganda that is fed to Russian public is reminiscent of Goebells and I don't know how many conspiracy theories have been packaged for their people...
Andrie De Lange 2014-09-03 08:57:23 PM
Putin isn't so easy that can call poroshenko for peace talks.the kiev regime is the one who desire those talks because the rebels are taking more territory.
Kennedy Bunga 2014-09-04 12:10:32 PM
That guy is trying to out smart everyone