Pressure high on Russia following Ukraine ceasefire deal

The EU has decided to hold on to sanctions against Russia until they’re sure that Moscow will keep its end of the bargain in Ukraine. The ceasefire between Kyiv and pro-Russian rebels is to go into effect on Sunday.

At least eight people were killed and 34 wounded in violence between Ukraine’s army and separatists in its east, Ukrainian army spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said on Friday.
“In the Donbass (in eastern Ukraine), this night was not a calm one. The enemy shelled positions of the ‘anti-terrorist operation’ forces with the same intensity as before,” the military said in a statement, adding that fighting had been intense in the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.

Separatist authorities also reported three civilians dying after shelling in rebel stronghold Lugansk, news agency AFP reported.

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News of the casualties came hours after leaders from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia announced a new ceasefire agreement. Under the new peace deal, fighting between separatists in Ukraine’s eastern areas bordering Russia and Kyiv’s army is to stop at midnight on Sunday, Kyiv time (2200 UTC Saturday).
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Source News: DW