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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed Friday that Kiev-led forces would not launch a military offensive in Donbass.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — However, the Ukrainian president warned that he would impose a martial law in the contested region if government troops came under attack by pro-independence forces.

    "I want to reassure you that the Ukrainian armed forces and I personally, as the supreme commander, give clear guarantees that we will adhere to Minsk agreement and will not launch an offensive [in eastern Ukraine]."

    "…but if the Ukrainian troops are under attack, we will make all efforts to ensure their protection. A martial law will be introduced immediately," Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukraina television.

    He also pledged to do his utmost to prevent further destabilization in Ukraine during the May holidays.

    A new peace accord was reached in Minsk, Belarus, by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine on February, 12 following almost a year of hostilities in Ukraine.

    The Minsk deal includes a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact between the Kiev forces and independence supporters as well as amendments to Ukraine's constitution.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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