Pro-Russian rebels guard a check point on a road outside the eastern Ukrainian town of Lugansk, Ukraine, July 12, 2015. Picture taken July 12, 2015. (REUTERS/Kazbek Basayev)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Interfax news agency is reporting that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he will this week propose a detailed peace plan, including a cease-fire with separatist rebels in the country's east.
Poroshenko made the remark as he opened a meeting of the country's national security council. According to Interfax, he said "a cease-fire will be proposed as the beginning of implementation of the president's peace plan."
Ukraine has struggled to suppress an insurgency by armed pro-Russian separatists who have seized government buildings, held disputed referendums and declared independence. More than 300 people have died, including 49 service members killed when a Ukrainian transport plane was shot down Saturday.