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Ukraine's President Warns he Could End Cease-Fire

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Ukraine's president says he may terminate a weeklong cease-fire ahead of time because of continuing rebel attacks.
 
President Petro Poroshenko's statement Tuesday came hours after pro-Russian insurgents in Slovyansk downed a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen. On Monday, a rebel leader promised to respect the cease-fire.
 
Poroshenko declared the cease-fire on Friday as part of a peace plan to end two-month fighting between the government troops and the rebels in eastern Ukraine.
 
Poroshenko said in the statement that the insurgents have fired on Ukrainian positions 35 times since the cease-fire was announced. The White House says it is "reserving judgment" on Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for extending a weeklong cease-fire in Ukraine, saying it puts more stock in Russia's actions than its words.
 
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says President Barack Obama conveyed that message to Putin in a phone call Monday. Obama also discussed the situation in Ukraine with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.
 
The U.S. and European Union have warned of additional sanctions on Russia if the crisis in Ukraine persists. Earnest says that if Russia were to change its behavior and take concrete steps to stem the violence in Ukraine it would make additional sanctions less likely.  (AP)

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