MORE WAR: Ukraine Ends Truce With Russians

Ukraine Ends Truce With Rebels as Peace Efforts Falter, as Pres. Petro Poroshenko starts up his war again

July 1, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided to not prolong the ceasefire with Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, announcing an end to a fragile deal to deescalate tensions in the country's eastern regions.

“We will attack and will free our land,” Poroshenko said. The ceasefire officially ended at 19:00 GMT, according to a statement that appeared on the president’s website shortly after midnight.

Since then, heavy shelling and intense shooting was reported in the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region.

“The shelling started at 22:25 local time,” American photographer Patrick Lancaster told RT by phone from Kramatorsk. “We are in the basement of the Kramatorsk Hotel. About two hours ago, mortaring started on the center of the city. Each wave lasted anywhere between five to 20 minutes, and there were three different waves of mortars. I don’t have any direct information about wounded or killed, but there were so many explosions that I really think there is large number of casualties.”

The ongoing and violent crisis in Ukraine is being largely fueled by the United States, a top Russian diplomat charged on Saturday.

According to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, peace within the warring country would be more likely if negotiations were left to Russia and Europe. However, as he told Rossiya 1 channel's news show Sergey Brilev's News on Saturday: "We also have partners across the ocean – our American colleagues – who, according to a lot of evidence, still favor pushing the Ukrainian leadership towards the path of confrontation."

Since the beginning of the year, upwards of 54,000 Ukrainians have become internally displaced, according to an estimate by the United Nations Refugee Agency released Friday. An additional 110,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled to Russia and other Eastern European countries to violence in eastern Ukraine, which continues to escalate despite a cease fire—which began last week and was extended until Monday after a Friday deadline passed without a peace deal.

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