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Ukraine president pledges ceasefire in separatist east

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Ukraine's new Western-backed president announced plans Wednesday to order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east that could help end a bloody pro-Russian insurgency and avert his ex-Soviet country's breakup. 

A man wearing Soviet-era military medals marches during a rally in support of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on June 18, 2014

Petro Poroshenko took a further step towards relieving tensions with Russia by deciding to replace acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya -- a hate figure in Moscow -- with his current envoy to OSCE-mediated negotiations with the Kremlin.

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