Ukraine's PM says no ceasefire exists, Putin on `larger mission`

Ukraine`s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has reportedly gone on record to say that his country is not on the verge of collapse and that a ceasefire agreed last week is non-existent as pro-Russia separatists continued to attack government troops in east Ukraine.

ANI| Last Updated: Feb 22, 2015, 15:43 PM IST

Washington: Ukraine`s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has reportedly gone on record to say that his country is not on the verge of collapse and that a ceasefire agreed last week is non-existent as pro-Russia separatists continued to attack government troops in east Ukraine.

Yatsenyuk also said that there was "no doubt" that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to overtake Ukraine but added that he is on a larger mission, reported Fox News.

He renewed calls for western nations to supply arms to the out-gunned Ukrainian troops.

Yatsenyuk`s remarks came a week after a truce deal, brokered by France and Germany, took effect on Saturday.

A top European Union official said on Thursday that the 28-member bloc had decided to provide armored cars and satellite imagery to monitor the cease fire but was yet to take a decision on providing troops to a proposed United Nations-mandated peacekeeping mission.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian military and rebels successfully carried out a prisoner swap, one of the key points in the Minsk ceasefire agreement, in which nearly 140 Ukrainian troops and 52 rebels were freed.