Vladimir Putin supports the decision by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on ceasefire in east Ukraine as well as his intent to take a number of specific measures to reach a peaceful settlement.
At the same time, the President of Russia notes that the proposed plan will not be viable or realistic if no practical steps are taken to commence negotiation process.
Mr Putin considers it unacceptable when after a ceasefire has been ordered, the confrontation continues and shells from the Ukrainian side land and explode on the Russian territory, causing material damage and threatening life and health of Russian citizens.
The peace plan proposed by President Poroshenko should not take the form of an ultimatum to militia groups. The opportunity that opens up with the end of hostilities should be used to start constructive negotiations and to reach a political compromise between the parties to the conflict in southeast Ukraine.
The President of Russia calls on all parties to the conflict to cease hostilities and sit down at the negotiating table.