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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Ukraine dialogue with separatists 'step in right direction'

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Kiev's offer of dialogue with separatists in the east is a "step in the right direction, albeit very belated."

(File image) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks yesterday. Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

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