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Ukraine's Poroshenko threatens martial law if ceasefire fails

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 01:43

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says rebel attacks remain ongoing in the east and threatens martial law if the ceasefire fails. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As shelling echoes in eastern Ukraine and a planned ceasefire approaches, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the country has reached a crossroads. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "Either the enemy stops shooting and embarks on de-escalation, and then political resolution - and in Minsk, in front of the whole world Ukraine proved that this is our choice - or the enemy escalates the conflict for us and for Europe and the whole world." The fighting has intensified between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces since a truce was announced Thursday. The deal involves the creation of a buffer zone and the withdrawal of heavy weapons. But with shelling still pounding in the east -- including a medical clinic in Artmevisk -- many believe the ceasefire will fail. Poroshenko says if that's the case then he would consider martial law. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "Having carefully inspected legislation concerning martial law, if there is no peace, I will immediately bring to the Ukrainian parliament amendments to this legislation, that will allow us to mobilize more powerfully and more effectively, to concentrate, unite and defend our land." So far, the one-year-old conflict has killed more than 5,000 people and if the ceasefire fails, many others could meet the same fate.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko threatens martial law if ceasefire fails

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 01:43