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Ukraine president orders civilian corridor in east

June 10, 2014
Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president has ordered security officials to create a corridor for safe passage for civilians in the country's east, which has been rocked for two months by a pro-Russian insurgency.

In a statement Tuesday, Petro Poroshenko ordered security agencies to organize transport and relocation to help civilians leave the affected areas.

The United Nations' refugee agency in May said Ukraine's tensions had resulted in about 10,000 displaced people, both from Russia's annexation of Crimea and from the violence in the east.

Poroshenko's brief statement gave no details on where the civilians could be relocated, or what accommodation was available.

At his inauguration on Saturday, Poroshenko said that he would grant amnesty to any insurgents who laid down their arms and had not been involved in bloodshed, and encouraged creation of a safe corridor for rebels to go to Russia, but he ruled out negotiations with any "gangsters and killers" among them.



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