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New east Ukraine ceasefire set for Sunday: Kiev

AFP , Wednesday 27 Jun 2018
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A fresh ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists at war in the country's east will come into force on Sunday, Ukraine said.

The truce was agreed at a meeting of the Contact Group for Ukraine, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's conflict negotiator Darka Olifer said.

The Contact Group is made up of representatives for Kiev, Moscow and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

"Due to the start of the harvest period, the Contact Group ... has agreed and supported a stable and universal ceasefire starting on July 1," Olifer wrote on Facebook.

No end date for the ceasefire was given.

A series of periodic truce deals have helped lower violence in two breakaway regions in Ukraine's industrial east but have not fully ended the bloodshed.

The OSCE, which runs a monitoring mission in the conflict zone, regularly reports violations of the truce deals.

In its latest report published on Wednesday, the mission "recorded more ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous reporting period."

Earlier, the Ukrainian army reported the death of one of its soldiers and said two others were wounded in the latest clashes along the volatile frontline.

More than 10,000 people have been killed since the Moscow-backed insurgency broke out in April 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Russia of funnelling troops and arms to the pro-Moscow rebels across the border.

Moscow denies the allegations.

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