Kiev: Ukraine`s new Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday said that fighting in the separatist east of the ex-Soviet country must stop by the end of the week.
"We must end the fighting this week. For me, every day in which people die, every day in which Ukraine pays such a high price, is unacceptable," Poroshenko said in a statement published on his official website.
"And to do that, we must restore the Ukrainian border so that the safety of each Ukrainian citizen is guaranteed."
His comments followed a round of talks with Moscow`s ambassador to Kiev and an envoy from the Vienna-based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and came a day after the 48-year-old confectionery tycoon was sworn into office as the fifth post-Soviet president of Ukraine.
Both militants and weapons have been crossing into Ukraine`s industrial rustbelt from Russia since shortly after the insurgency began eight weeks ago.
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued orders yesterday for security at the mutual border to be stepped up -- a move demanded by both US President Barack Obama and several European heads of state.