Putin Calls on Both Sides to Halt Force

In addition to his gigs as bear hunter and Siberian ice fisher, Russian premiere Vladimir Putin is attempting to play the role of peacemaker. On Saturday, the Kremlin said in a statement that Putin "calls on the opposing sides to halt any military activities and sit down at the negotiating table.” Putin also supported Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko's decision for a unilateral ceasefire. The peace-promoting gesture contrasted Putin's previous order Saturday to put troops in central Russia on "full combat alert.” That announcement was made just 13 hours after Poroshenko declared Ukraine's week-long ceasefire.