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“We will
attack and we will liberate our land,” Poroshenko said in a televised address
just after midnight on July 1. “The end of the ceasefire is our response to
terrorists, rebels, looters, all those who mock the civilians who paralyze the
economy of the region; who rip the payment of salaries, pensions, stipends; who
undermine the railroads, destroy water pipes, those who deprive a normal
peaceful life.”

The government’s forces did not waste time, launching their first assaults across Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts even as the president spoke from Kyiv.

Confirming the restart of the counterinsurgency operation was Ukraine’s parliament speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov. 

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