• Stop shooting, EU pleads as Ukraine ceasefire teeters


    KIEV: A two-day-old truce in Ukraine was at risk of collapsing on Monday as fighting raged around a strategic railway hub and both sides said conditions were not met to start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline. The European Union, which backed the French- and German-mediated truce eked out last week, pleaded that “the shooting needs to stop.” The bloc also imposed fresh sanctions on Russia, which it accuses of militarily backing the pro-Russian rebels fighting Ukraine’s government troops.



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