Ukrainian soldiers ask Poroshenko to lift ceasefire

Recently-elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gives statements to the media together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) prior to talks at the Chancellery on June 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (File) (Getty Images, Carsten Koall/www.carsten-koall.com)
Recently-elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gives statements to the media together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) prior to talks at the Chancellery on June 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (File) (Getty Images, Carsten Koall/www.carsten-koall.com)
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Updated: 6/29 4:41 pm

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Several hundred Ukrainian soldiers and activists gathered on Sunday outside the presidential administration in Kiev, to call for an end to the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

After the week-long ceasefire expired Friday, President Petro Poroshenko agreed to extend it through Monday in an effort to stop the fighting between government troops and Moscow-backed separatists that has left hundreds dead.

The European Union also set a Monday deadline for Russia and the separatists to take a series of steps to ease the violence. If this is not done, the EU warned that it is ready to impose new sanctions on Russia.

Soldiers from the Donbass battalion appealed to Poroshenko on Sunday to allow them to resume fighting once the ceasefire expires.

Both sides have been accused of violating the ceasefire.

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