News Column

Cease-fire Largely Holding in East Ukraine

June 25, 2014

Balint Szlanko, The Associated Press

DOVHENKE, Ukraine - A cease-fire between pro-Russian separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine appears to be largely holding a day after rebel leaders agreed to a temporary truce with authorities in Kyiv.

Vladislav Seleznev, a spokesman for Ukraine's operation in the east, said rebel forces attacked a Ukrainian base north of Slovyansk late Monday, but there had been no fighting overnight.

Some soldiers at a government-controlled checkpoint in Dovhenko, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the rebel stronghold of Slovyansk, were seen relaxing near the barricades on Tuesday, while others engaged in shooting drills nearby.

On Monday, leaders of the pro-Russian insurgency announced that they would respect a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president last week, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that have killed hundreds.

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Original headline: Cease-fire largely holding in east Ukraine after rebels agree to talks with Kyiv


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