Ukraine PM rejects ceasefire as bid to deceive West

Kiev - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday rejected a ceasefire plan unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an attempt to deceive the West about Moscow's real intentions.

"This latest plan is another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community ahead of the Nato summit and an attempt to avert the EU's inevitable decision to unleash a new wave of sanctions against Russia," he said in a statement.

"The best plan for ending Russia's war against Ukraine has only one single element - for Russia to withdraw its troops, its mercenaries and its terrorists from Ukrainian territory."

His comments come despite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko saying he and Putin had agreed on the peace plan aimed at ending the near five-month conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The proposal, detailed by Putin on the eve of the Nato summit in Wales opening on Thursday, is due to be discussed on Friday by the so-called Ukraine Contact Group, which includes representatives of Kiev, separatist rebels, Moscow and the pan-european security body the OSCE.

Nato is planning a rapid reaction force of thousands of troops to reinforce its eastern flank, a move Russia says is evidence of the alliance's desire to aggravate tensions with Moscow.

Thabiso Dekeda 2014-09-03 08:23:31 PM
I commented along those lines already... Putin has been reading Bismark's memoirs...shame..
Andrie De Lange 2014-09-03 08:59:22 PM
look at you mr.PM!!! Who care about your rejection?
dunkie56 2014-09-03 09:01:25 PM
This man is a dangerous demented idiot...he will lead his country to its final demise and Western Europe along with it.He is a megalomaniac who is personified evil and who seeks only death and destruction.What drives a man to this depth of being this state of paranoia..how is it possible he can hold such a high office...? Is this how the world ends..evil men sprouting hatred and vicious intent...God help us!
Siya 2014-09-03 09:09:44 PM
Yatsenyuk is in contrary with Poroshenko. His president called Putin and Proposed the permanent ceasefire not other way round. Any way this is the US golden boy.
Bongani Hlongwa 2014-09-03 10:02:11 PM
If Asernly feels so strongly about rejecting the peace process, he must take arms and go to the frontline to face the guns of his opponents. And ofcourse he won't, he values his life a lot and he wants the sons and daughters of other people to die for his losT cause. Russia will never allow a dangerous dictactor like Nato to use Ukraine as a springboard for striking at Russia.
Thomas Freeman 2014-09-03 11:35:26 PM
"The best plan for ending Russia's war against Ukraine has only one single element - for Russia to withdraw its troops, its mercenaries and its terrorists from Ukrainian territory." Yep that makes a lot of sense what is Russia doing there in the first place. Hello!
Deon Pretorius 2014-09-04 11:34:16 AM
You go girl.