• Ukraine ceasefire begins


    DONETSK, Ukraine: A ceasefire in Ukraine was cautiously observed by both sides early on Monday, despite accusations by Kiev and the US that Russia had fuelled a final push by rebels to gain territory before the deadline. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered troops to abide by the truce from midnight, in line with a deal reached in Minsk earlier this week with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France. No fresh fighting was reported in eastern Ukraine after the truce went into force, according to Agence France-Presse reporters on the ground and official sources.



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