Heavy fighting precedes reported truce between Ukraine, separatists

September 5, 2014 3:57 PM

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday announced a cease-fire intended to end a 5-month-old conflict in the east of his nation that has killed more than 2,600 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more.

The agreement was reached in talks between his government, Russian officials, pro-Russian separatists and European mediators in the Belarus capital of Minsk. Heavy fighting in the southern city of Mariupol preceded the announced deadline.

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