Ukraine's president: 1-week cease-fire starts now; line of cars in east leaving for Russia

The Associated Press
June 19, 2014 05:33 AM

People stand at their cars waiting in line to leave Ukraine at the Ukrainian-Russian border checkpoint in Izvaryne, Friday, June 20, 2014. Some Ukrainians are leaving amid fighting in eastern Ukraine. Clashes between government forces and pro-Russia rebels flared ahead of the publication of a presidential peace plan that includes a unilateral cease-fire. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko orders his forces to cease fire and halt military operations for seven days against pro-Russia separatists in the country's east — the first step in what he hopes is a concrete plan to end the conflict that has cost more than 350 lives.

Poroshenko said troops would still return fire if attacked.

Poroshenko spoke during his first trip as president to the troubled east. He met with residents of the town of Syvatogorsk in the separatist Donetsk region.

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