Guns fall silent in Ukraine's Donetsk as Poroshenko orders ceasefire

February 15, 2015 12:00 AM

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DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Shelling stopped abruptly at midnight on Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk after President Petro Poroshenko ordered government forces to halt firing in line with a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending the country's bloody conflict.

Poroshenko, wearing the uniform of the armed forces supreme commander, said in a televised address in the capital Kiev that there was still "alarm" over the situation around Debaltseve, a key transport hub, where government forces have been hard pressed by encircling Russian-backed separatists.

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