Ukraine and rebels back peace plan, ceasefire from Friday

September 4th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine and rebels back peace plan, ceasefire from Friday

By Adrian Croft and Gabriela Baczynska NEWPORT Wales/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine's east. The breakthrough came after a week in which the pro-Moscow separatists scored major victories with what NATO says is the open support of thousands of Russian troops. Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales, Poroshenko said the ceasefire would be conditional on a planned meeting going ahead in Minsk on Friday of envoys from Ukraine, Russia and Europe's OSCE security watchdog.


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