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Ukraine Ceasefire Begins

But will it survive?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 14, 2015 4:37 PM CST
Ukraine Ceasefire Begins
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, inspects military armored personnel carriers during his visit to the State Border Guard Service in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.    (Sergei Chuzavkov)

(Newser) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the beginning of a ceasefire amid fighting in Ukraine, CNN reports. But as the AP reports, there are no immediate indications of whether either side in the conflict that has killed more than 5,300 people is observing it. Under an agreement struck last week, both Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels were to hold their fire as of one minute after midnight on Sunday. If that holds, both sides are to begin pulling back their heavy weaponry to form a wide buffer zone. Today, intense fighting persisted around the strategic government-held railway hub of Debaltseve, which has been besieged by separatist forces. In an inauspicious omen for the prospects of any cessation of hostilities, rebels have said they will not consider any battles for the town to be a violation of the ceasefire. (Read more Ukraine stories.)

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