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Separatists reject Ukraine peace plan

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Pro-Russian separatists have built barricades in front of government buildings in several areas of eastern Ukraine. (Source: FOX) Pro-Russian separatists have built barricades in front of government buildings in several areas of eastern Ukraine. (Source: FOX)

EASTERN UKRAINE (FOX) - Pro-Russian separatists are rejecting Ukraine President Poroshenko's plan for peace. But residents want peace.

Ukrainian separatists in the east remain unmoved by Poroshenko's cease-fire gesture or the unveiling of a peace plan.

Residents in Luhansk say they want calm to be restored.

Poroshenko ordered a seven-day cease-fire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists, but also warned them they could face death if they did not use the time to put down their guns.

Installed only three weeks ago as president after seven months of turmoil in the ex-Soviet republic, Poroshenko ordered government forces to cease firing to allow his peace plan for the region to take root.

In the eastern city of Luhansk, pro-Russian rebel leader Valery Bolotov said Poroshenko had no authority in the region.

"We did not participate in presidential elections. That is why he is not a president for us. We have our own independent republic where parliamentary and presidential elections were held. That's why I can't imagine what he (Poroshenko) is going to do here. No one is going to lay down weapons here till complete pulling back of forces and destruction of personnel of Ukrainian mercenaries,'' Bolotov told journalists.

In the streets of Luhansk, there was mixed reaction. But most people said they longed for peace.

"I don't believe in any plans,'' said one woman, who declined to give her name.

Another woman said she would back Poroshenko.

"We want peace finally. So I am for it. We will support everything he (Poroshenko) says. We are fed up with all this,'' she said.

Fierce fighting took place on Thursday about 100 km (60 miles) from the Russian border that apparently caused heavy losses for separatists and some deaths on the Ukrainian side.

In Donetsk, the main industrial hub in the region, a separatist leader said Ukrainian troops had killed many rebels.

"I am sorry but our compatriots are being killed in large numbers. A lot of people are killed. A lot of civilians were injured or killed. So it's a declared or undeclared war against my compatriots. I wonder whether it's easier to shoot myself on my own. These people are Nazis. They don't treat us as human beings. They came to our territory considering us as imperfect and believing that they must conquer us,'' said Andrey Purgin, deputy chief of council of ministers of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

The cease-fire will run until 10 a.m. on June 27.

After the announcement of the cease-fire, Poroshenko launched a 15-point peace plan to end the insurgency in the Russian-speaking east which erupted in April after street protests in the capital Kiev toppled the Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich.

Russia subsequently annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Kiev's new authorities quickly saw the hand of Moscow when separatist groups took control of strategic buildings and towns in the east, declaring "people's republics'' and declaring they wanted to join Russia.

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