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Fresh ceasefire begins in eastern Ukraine

Under the deal the use of any weapons is prohibited

27 July, 12:41
(ANSA-AFP) - KIEV, 27 JUL - Ukrainian troops and Moscow-backed separatists began a tense ceasefire Monday in a new bid to try and end years of hostilities in the ex-Soviet country's east. It came into force from midnight Monday and had been agreed last week by negotiators from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. The Ukrainian army said an order had been issued to comply with a "full and comprehensive ceasefire." Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Ukraine's east said no violations had been registered so far.

Under the terms of the agreement, the use of any weapons, including small arms, is prohibited. Since the conflict broke out between Kiev forces and pro-Moscow separatists in 2014, there have been numerous attempts to end the fighting but those ceasefires never held long enough to pave the way for peace talks. On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russian leader Vladimir Putin to discuss the ceasefire agreement and steps to end the war. Putin stressed the importance of implementing a Western-mediated peace deal agreed in Minsk in 2015, the Kremlin said. (ANSA-AFP). (ANSA).

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