Ukrainian rebels claim they are beginning heavy weapons pullback

February 24, 2015 7:45 AM

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Ukrainian rebels claim they are beginning heavy weapons pullback

Russia-backed rebels ride on an armored vehicle in the center of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell last week to Russia-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) (The Associated Press)

KIEV, Ukraine – Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have begun a large-scale pullback of heavy weapons in line with an international peace plan that aims to form a wide buffer zone between separatists' and Ukrainian forces' artillery.

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