Ukrainian president calls for international peacekeepers after Debaltseve retreat

February 19, 2015 5:51 AM

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Artemivsk, Ukraine: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called for an international peacekeeping mission in his nation's war-torn east, a stark admission that his nation can no longer fend off pro-Russian rebels after a major battlefield defeat.

Any international force on the ground would harden the battle lines after 10 months of fighting, forcing Ukraine to give up for now its attempts to reunify the nation. But it would also halt Russian-backed rebels from pushing onward toward Kiev.

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