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Ukrainian leader proposes cease-fire, but separatists scoff

DONETSK, Ukraine — After Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, told reporters in Kiev on Wednesday that he might soon order a temporary, unilateral cease-fire as part of a broader 14-point peace plan, it took all of several seconds for pro-Russian militants to rule it out.

“I am a condemned man,” said a stick-thin fighter who, like many others here, identified himself only by an alias, Tarik, for security reasons. Sipping tea in the gloom of the lobby of Donetsk’s rebel-occupied administration building Wednesday, he patted the magazine of the automatic rifle slung across his chest.

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