Ukraine troops, rebels halt fire to allow evacuation of besieged town

February 6, 2015 7:14 PM

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Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russia separatists halted fire briefly Friday to allow evacuation of hundreds of civilians trapped by fierce fighting over a strategic railway hub in the town of Debaltseve as European leaders took their latest peace initiative to Moscow.

Dozens of buses converged on Debaltseve, a rail junction sought by the rebels to link their eastern Ukraine strongholds, to offer the estimated 3,000 holdouts a chance to be relocated to Ukrainian government-held territory or to the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, spokespeople for the warring fact...

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