Tensions In Ukraine As Truce Deadline Passes

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A ceasefire appears to be holding in Ukraine – although both sides have accused each other of violating the deal in the hours after the truce deadline passed.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ordered government forces to stop firing at 10pm UK time on Saturday, under a plan agreed in Belarus this week.

The military said Ukrainian armed forces immediately fulfilled Mr Poroshenko’s order and guns fell silent in Donetsk and some other parts of the country’s east.

Under the peace agreement, both Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels were to hold their fire, before pulling back their heavy weaponry to form a wide buffer zone.

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