DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine – It just might be the most significant attempt at a truce yet.
Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine agreed overnight in Belarus to create a wide buffer zone between each side’s forces, to withdraw heavy weapons out of reach of one another and to send foreign fighters home.
The deal hashed out in Minsk, attended by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), aims to stop the bloody conflict. Since mid-April, it has plagued eastern Ukraine, costing more than 3,000 lives and sparking the greatest crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
It has been two weeks since a preliminary cease-fire was announced after a meeting between the same negotiating parties in Minsk on Sept. 5. During that time, both sides went light on the cease and heavy on the fire, with shelling occurring daily throughout the conflict zone. Read more…
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