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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    Barack Obama ordered to supply Ukraine with new defensive weapons. A step toward reconciliation, you say?

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The United States has decided to deliver new models of defensive weapons to Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday.

    "He [US President Barack Obama] told me that he signed an executive order on the delivery of new weapons to Ukraine, that we desperately need, since this is defensive armament, long range counter-battery radar complexes which will allow us to increase the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian army," Poroshenko said in an interview to Ukrainian TV channels.

    "The main result is that we moved from a ceasefire regime, after withdrawing troops, enhancing the OSCE role,… to an armistice regime [in Donbass],” Poroshenko said commenting on the Normandy Four talks in Paris on Friday.

    "In case the elections [in Eastern Ukraine] are conducted fairly, in case they are organized well in accordance with the OSCE ODIHR [Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights] criteria, in case there is Ukrainian media present, Ukrainian parties, in case the elections are recognized by international observers, then they will elect those with whom we would restore the country," Poroshenko said.

    Ukrainians are scheduled to vote in local elections on October 25.

    The breakaway parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions plan to hold local elections on October 18 and November 1 respectively.

    The self-proclaimed republics have repeatedly stated that the decision to hold elections independently from Kiev was made after the Ukrainian government proceeded to adopt a law on local election without consulting with them, which contradicts the Minsk peace deal.

    Since April 2014 the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been waging wag against Donbass independence supporters who rejected the legitimacy of the coup-imposed Petro Poroshenko's regime and proclaimed the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic.

    “This process [of Minsk deal implementation] is not for decades, it is a process that must be completed before the end of the year. If we all work to ensure that they [agreements] are implemented, they will be executed before the end of the year," Poroshenko said.

    He added that Ukraine, as well as France and Germany, opposes any changes in the deal.

    In February, the Normandy Four group, comprising Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France worked out a ceasefire deal in Minsk, Belarus, signed by Kiev and the Donbass Republics.

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

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