Ukraine says extends ceasefire by 72 hours until June 30

by Reuters
Friday, 27 June 2014 21:43 GMT

KIEV, June 27 (Reuters) - Ukraine on Friday extended a government forces' ceasefire against separatist rebels by 72 hours until 10 p.m. June 30, the website of President Petro Poroshenko said.

The announcement came shortly after Poroshenko returned to Kiev from Brussels where he signed a landmark free trade deal at a European Union summit.

The ceasefire extension until next Monday coincided with a deadline set by EU leaders for Ukrainian rebels to agree to ceasefire verification arrangements, return border checkpoints to Kiev authorities, free hostages, and launch serious talks on implementing Poroshenko's peace plan. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Leslie Adler)