Putin tells Kiev to let troops surrender as Ukraine ceasefire unravels..UAF troops retreat

A view of an explosion after shelling is seen not far from Debaltseve

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/18/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0LL0OM20150218

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Kiev to let its soldiers surrender to pro-Russian rebels, who spurned a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and fought their way on Tuesday into the town of Debaltseve, encircling thousands of government troops.

A peace deal reached at all-night talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk last week had all but unravelled, with both sides failing to begin pulling back heavy guns as required after the rebels refused to halt their advance.

Putin, whom Western countries accuse of directing the rebel assault with Russian soldiers and weapons, said Kiev should allow its soldiers to surrender to the advancing rebels.

“I hope that the responsible figures in the Ukrainian leadership will not hinder soldiers in the Ukrainian army from putting down their weapons,” Putin said.

“If they aren’t capable of taking that decision themselves and giving that order, then (I hope) that they won’t prosecute people who want to save their lives and the lives of others.”

He added that he hoped the rebels would allow the Ukrainians to return to their families, once they had surrendered the town.

Reuters journalists near the snowbound frontline said artillery rounds were rocking Debaltseve every five seconds and black smoke was rising skywards as Grad rockets pounded the town.

The rebels say the ceasefire announced last week does not apply at all to the main battle front at Debaltseve, a railway hub in a pocket between the two main rebel-held areas.

“Eighty percent of Debaltseve is already ours,” said Eduard Basurin, a rebel leader. “A clean-up of the town is under way.”

He later said negotiations were under way for 5,000 Ukrainian troops to surrender. “Hundreds” had been captured and would eventually be released to their families. Ukraine denied that the number of captives was that high.

Despite Putin’s public call for a surrender, Russia sponsored a resolution adopted by the U.N. Security Council that called on all sides to implement the truce agreement, expressing “grave concern” at the violence.

Putin was visiting Hungary on Tuesday, his first bilateral trip to an EU country since last July, when Moscow was left isolated after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over rebel-held territory with what Western countries say was a Russian-supplied missile.

Hopes that the deal reached last Thursday would end a conflict that has killed more than 5,000 people were always low after a rebel advance in January ended an earlier truce.

But Western countries appeared surprised that the rebels had refused even to pay lip service to the ceasefire at Debaltseve.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31519000

The Ukrainian president says his forces are making an “organised” withdrawal from the embattled town of Debaltseve.

Petro Poroshenko said 80% of Ukraine’s troops left on Wednesday morning after several days of fierce fighting.

Russia said Ukrainian forces had tried to fight their way out of the town after being encircled but Mr Poroshenko insisted they were never surrounded.

The rebel advance on Debaltseve, which came in spite of the recent ceasefire agreement, has been widely condemned.

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said the rebels’ offensive had put the wider peace agreement at risk and urged Russia to “use all its influence on the separatists to make them respect the ceasefire”.

He also called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from Ukraine, saying Russian troops, artillery and air defence units were still active in the country.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted the rebels’ actions in Debaltseve had not violated the ceasefire because it was a rebel-held city when the peace agreement was signed last week.

He urged rebels to provide troops who surrendered with food and clothes and said he hoped the situation in the city would “not be used to find a pretext to actually undermine [the agreement]”.

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“The Ukrainian president says his forces are making an “organised” withdrawal”

yeah right..thats what it is..pfftt…

this has been an embarrassing loss for ukraine and thats why minsk was organised..but it was to late to save face..

401

~ by seeker401 on February 19, 2015.

8 Responses to “Putin tells Kiev to let troops surrender as Ukraine ceasefire unravels..UAF troops retreat”

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    http://rt.com/news/233579-poroshenko-peacekeepers-ukraine-eu/

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