Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided not to an extend a unilateral ceasefire, promising that his country would "attack."
BREAKING: Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire, says, "We will attack, we will free our land"— The Associated Press (@AP) June 30, 2014
As Reuters noted earlier, the ceasefire hadn't really been working out to begin with:
Since the ceasefire began on June 20, a total of 27 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 69 wounded, a statement tweeted by the foreign ministry said.
But the decision not to pursue the ceasefire didn't come easily. Early today, Poroshenko met with a "contact group" that included separatist leaders, former Ukrainian politicians, the Russian ambassador to Ukraine and some European advisers.
Ahead of the meeting, Ukraine's prosecutor-general Vitaly Yarema summed up the mood best: "We have to end this and clean our territory of terrorists and give people the chance of living in a normal country."
Here's what the past few months have looked like up until last week when Ukraine finally signed its economic agreement with the EU:
7 months, one revolution, one war and Ukraine has its historic EU trade & economic pact. That's what I call 'epic' pic.twitter.com/xvLTNaMzti— Maxim Eristavi (@MaximEristavi) June 27, 2014