Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine Agree to Temporary Cease-Fire

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June 23 2014 6:59 PM

Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine Agree to Temporary Cease-Fire

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Pro-Russia separatists agree to temporary cease-fire in Ukraine.

Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

On Monday, some cautiously optimistic news came from Ukraine, as pro-Russia rebels battling government forces announced they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire. On Friday, new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced a week-long, unilateral, ceasefire, as well as a 15-point peace plan to try to settle unrest in the eastern part of the country.

Here’s more on the day’s détente from the Associated Press:

The insurgents' pledge to respect the cease-fire came on the first day of talks between a former Ukrainian president, the Russian ambassador, European officials and the eastern separatists who have declared independence. While the government side was nominally not represented, ex-President Leonid Kuchma attended the discussions at the request of the sitting president...
The insurgents had previously demanded the Ukrainian military withdraw its troops from the east as a condition for any talks, so Borodai's statement represented a softened stance that raised expectations that the cease-fire could hold. Even before the insurgents made their pledge, the government said that there had been no fighting in the east since Monday morning.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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