Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia; truce nears end

MOSCOW (AP) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has 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.

Speaking at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Thursday, Poroshenko called for Moscow to support the peace plan with deeds to "stop the killing of civilians and the military" and prevent armed separatists from crossing the Russian border into Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he supports the plan. This week he won agreement from the upper chamber of the parliament to cancel authorization for the use of force in Ukraine.