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Poroshenko warns ceasefire could be lifted

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that he may soon end a week-long ceasefire as pro-Russian separatists continue to attack his troops.

The Ukrainian presidential office said in a statement on Tuesday that Poroshenko has instructed government forces in eastern Ukraine to fire back if attacked.

Last Friday, Poroshenko declared the ceasefire as part of a peace plan to bring stability to the region. He halted the military operation on his side and called for pro-Russian soldiers to disarm within 7 days.

The leaders of the pro-Russian armed forces agreed to accept the ceasefire on Monday. But pro-Russian soldiers in Slovyansk later shot down a military helicopter, killing all 9 soldiers on board.

Jun. 24, 2014 - Updated 23:08 UTC