Pro-Russian rebels say agree to withdraw weapons in east Ukraine

February 22, 2015 10:01 AM

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NIZHNYAYA KRYNKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - A senior pro-Russian rebel commander said separatist forces were due to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in east Ukraine on Sunday, a sign rebels may be prepared to halt their advance as part of an internationally brokered peace deal.

Fighting has eased in many areas since a ceasefire came into effect a week ago, but the truce was shaken by the rebel capture on Wednesday of the town of Debaltseve, forcing a retreat by thousands of Ukrainian troops.

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