Cease-fire between pro-Russian rebels, Ukrainians takes hold

September 5, 2014 6:22 PM

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MINSK, Belarus – A cease-fire took hold Friday night in eastern Ukraine after the president's representative signed a deal with Russian-backed separatists in an effort to bring an end to nearly five months of fighting.

President Petro Poroshenko said he ordered government forces to stop hostilities at 6 p.m. local time following a protocol signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe at talks in Minsk, the Belarusian capital.

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