Ukraine, rebels sign ceasefire deal as EU leaders consider sanctions on Russia

September 5, 2014 9:14 AM

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Ukraine, rebels sign ceasefire deal as EU leaders consider sanctions on Russia

Moscow (CNN) -- Ukraine's government and separatist leaders signed a ceasefire deal Friday after talks in Belarus, raising hopes of an end to the nearly five-month conflict that has wracked eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said via Twitter on Friday that a preliminary protocol for a ceasefire agreement had been signed in Minsk and that it was is due to take effect Friday.

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