Leaders agree Ukraine ceasefire deal

February 12, 2015 9:40 AM

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a ceasefire for eastern Ukraine starting midnight on Saturday and a division line for withdrawing heavy weapons, following marathon peace talks in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Putin began talks on Wednesday in an effort to hash out a peace agreement between Kiev and Russian-backed separatists amid a spike in fighting.

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