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Ukraine president releases 14 point peace plan

 A red flag with the message "For our Soviet motherland!" waves above people shouting for independence during a rally in support of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on June 18, 2014/AFP

A red flag with the message “For our Soviet motherland!” waves above people shouting for independence during a rally in support of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on June 18, 2014/AFP

KIEV, June 20 – Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko on Friday released a 14 point peace plan to curb a pro Russian insurgency in the east, calling for immediate disarmament and promising to decentralise power through constitutional reform.

The plan also drops criminal charges against rebels who committed no “serious crimes” and provides “a guaranteed corridor for Russian and Ukrainian mercenaries to leave” the conflict zone, Kiev’s private Inter TV station reported on its website.

Earlier Poroshenko called Russia’s Vladimir Putin to discuss the plan to end the bloodshed, the second late night phone conversation between the leaders this week, the Kremlin said.

“Poroshenko informed the Russian head of state regarding the main points of his plan to regulate the situation in south east Ukraine,” the Kremlin said in a statement overnight Thursday.

Putin gave “a series of comments” on the plan stressing an “immediate end to the military operation” that was launched by Kiev against pro-Russian separatist militia in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

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