A masked protester waves the Ukrainian flag in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, in January. Alexander Ishchenko / Shutterstock.com
The Kremlin stated Wednesday that although Russia “is not party” to the ongoing battles in the Donbass region of Ukraine, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko “coincided significantly” on ways to “settle the conflict” during a morning phone conversation.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he has agreed with Russian President Putin by phone on a “ceasefire process” for the east.
His office initially reported that a “permanent ceasefire” had been agreed but later revised its statement.
The Kremlin stressed Mr Putin had not agreed to a ceasefire as Russia was not party to the conflict…More than 2,600 civilians and combatants have been killed and more than a million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine in April, when pro-Russian separatists there declared independence.
Russia has denied accusations by the West and the Ukrainian government that it is sending troops and military equipment over the border to support the separatists, who recently gained the upper hand against government forces.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata
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