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Ukraine's FM calls for "political will" for peace

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:55

Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, calls on Russia to show ''political will'' for a sustainable peace with Ukraine. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is what residents of an eastern Ukrainian town are calling home. It's a bomb shelter. People are surviving with the bare necessities. It's a place where one mother finds safety at a time when she has lost faith in the government. (SOUNDBITE) YASYNUVATA RESIDENT, ANASTASIA, SAYING: "Because no one will agree, there is no trust in the president, who waged war on people who wanted independence. There simply is no trust in him." Memories of war line the streets. People forage for what they can. Others just wait. Against this backdrop Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the UN says it will take political will on behalf of Russia for a ceasefire to hold. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINE'S MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, PAVLO KLIMKIN, SAYING: "A couple of days ago in Minsk the trilateral contact group approved - with a representative of Donetsk and Luhansk in a memorandum - withdrawal of heavy weapons from the security line and it could also help us to make ceasefire sustainable. But first it's about political will. It's also about political will on the Russian side to make the ceasefire sustainable. " On Sunday, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko called for people to back his peace plan -- which he said was needed to keep support of the U.S. and other Western governments To date the conflict has cost more than 3,000 lives.

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Ukraine's FM calls for "political will" for peace

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:55