A unilateral ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, announced by President Petro Poroshenko, went into effect Friday. The army was ordered to halt “anti-terrorist” operations and anti-government activists told to lay down their arms. said the Interior Ministry on its website. During the ceasefire lasting until June 27 the Ukraine army will stop shelling separatist-controlled and flashpoint cities “unless the militants attack” and they will then "be destroyed." Poroshenko told parliament that the ceasefire would be followed by talks, new local elections and a jobs program. He discussed his peace plan earlier with President Vladimir Putin.