Thousands more flee Ukraine

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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians are still fleeing to Russia by the thousands, seeking safety after two months of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russia separatists.

A commander at a rebel-controlled border post said 5,000 people left during the day today. The flow of refugees has continued through a shaky cease-fire that is set to expire tomorrow.

Ukraine's president today is calling on Russia to support his peace plan "with deeds, not words."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Secretary of State John Kerry also say they're looking for more action from Moscow ahead of a summit tomorrow of European Union leaders. They will be considering a new round of punitive sanctions on Russia.

The summit will also see Ukraine sign a sweeping trade agreement with the EU that will bind it more closely to the West.

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APPHOTO STR103: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers his speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of theCouncil of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday June 26, 2014. Poroshenko called on Russia to support his peace plan "with deeds, not words." More than 300 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine in the past weeks as pro-Russian insurgents were fighting with government forces. Ukraine last Friday announced a unilateral cease-fire with the rebels. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz) (26 Jun 2014)

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