Ukraine government and pro-Russian rebels agree peace plan

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels have agreed a deal to strengthen a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

The deal includes creating a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants, withdrawing heavy weapons and foreign fighters and bans flights by military aircraft over the region.

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Luhansk: Separatists hold 60 people in building

An armed man, believed to be a pro-Russian protester, stands guard at a building in Luhansk. Credit: Reuters

Ukrainian security services say pro-Russian separatists have placed explosives in a seized building in Luhansk and are holding around 60 people against their will.

"The anti-terror group of the security services of Ukraine (SBU) .. has established that the criminals have mined the building...and are holding around 60 people, threatening them with weapons and explosives," the SBU said in a statement.

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