Putin backs Ukraine cease-fire plan

DONETSK - Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed Saturday Ukraine's cease-fire plan and appealed to both sides to halt all military operations.


"The president of Russia calls on the opposing sides to halt any military activities and sit down at the negotiating table," a Kremlin statement said.


The statement said Putin supported Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's decision to order Ukrainian troops to observe a unilateral cease-fire starting Friday night. (AP)