Shaky Ukraine truce generally holds

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YENAKIEVE, Ukraine: Shelling and mortar fire thundered around a flashpoint east Ukraine town on Sunday (Monday in Manila) despite a new, shaky ceasefire largely observed along the rest of the frontline separating Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists. Sporadic bombardments targeting the key railway hub of Debaltseve—where thousands of Ukrainian soldiers are mostly surrounded by the rebels—were audible from kilometers away, but they were far less intense than before the truce came into effect at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday (Manila time). Ukraine’s military said that across the entire conflict zone, its soldiers’ positions had come under fire from the rebels 60 times on Sunday. Debaltseve, it said, was “the main hotspot.”

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