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Separatists in Ukraine agree to ceasefire until June 27: Rebel leader

Published on Jun 24, 2014 1:19 AM

KIEV (AFP) - A top Ukrainian separatist leader on Monday said ro-Russian rebels would temporarily cease fire and seek talks with the new Western-backed president to end 10 weeks of fighting in the industrial east.

"In response to the ceasefire declared by Kiev, we pledge to also halt fire on our part," Oleksandr Borodai of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic was quoted as saying by the ITAR-TASS news agency in Donetsk.

"This ceasefire will last until June 27."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered a one-week unilateral ceasefire on Friday in an effort to end a pro-Russian uprising that has killed more than 375 people and threatened to break up the culturally splintered ex-Soviet state.

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