Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

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Posted: Sep 17, 2014 6:08 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister told the defense ministry on Wednesday to ensure that government forces were on full battle alert despite a 12-day ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.

"Russia will not give us peace so I am asking the defense minister for full battle readiness," said Arseny Yatseniuk in comments in keeping with the hawkish stance he has been taking over negotiations with separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Enacting the peace plan of President Petro Poroshenko did not mean "relaxing the work of the defense and interior ministries", he said. "Full readiness (is required). We can't believe anyone, especially the Russians."

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing By Richard Balmforth, editing by John Stonestreet)