Separatists agree to ceasefire in Ukraine's east

Pro-Russian separatists say they will abide by the ceasefire until Friday.

Separatists agree to ceasefire in Ukraine's east

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to the ceasefire declared by Ukraine's president in a bid to end months of fighting.

Alexander Borodai, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, announced the decision following President Petro Poroshenko’s declaration of a week-long unilateral ceasefire Saturday.

The rebels' agreement came following a meeting in Donetsk between Borodai; Ukraine's former president Leonid Kuchma; Russian ambassador Mikhail Zurabov; Heidi Tagliavini, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's representative to Ukraine; and the separatist leaders of the Luhansk People's Republic.

The separatists said they would abide by the ceasefire until Friday.

President Poroshenko declared a ceasefire at the weekend to give diplomats a chance to end clashes between the Kiev-controlled Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions to the east.

The separatists declared their intention to break away after the government in Kiev was overthrown by pro-West demonstrators. They hope to repeat the scenario in Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow after a controversial referendum in March.

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