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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US 'does not anticipate breakthrough' over Ukraine

Washington does not anticipate a breakthrough with Russia over the Ukraine crisis at tomorrow's Geneva conference, Reuters reported, citing unnamed US officials.

The officials said it was reasonable to assume that more sanctions would be imposed against Russia if there was no progress at the meeting.

Ukrainian soldiers standing on a combat vehicle try to negotiate with pro-Russian protesters in Kramatorsk. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

They believe Russian President Vladimir Putin envisions a federalist Ukraine that would allow Moscow to veto its decisions.

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