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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Russia accuses Ukraine of 'violating Easter truce'

Russia accused Ukraine of "violating" an Easter truce after at least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Pro-Russian militant walks past burnt cars near a checkpoint in Slaviansk. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them.

The Right Sector denied any role, saying Russian special forces were behind the clash in Slaviansk.

"The Easter truce has been violated," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

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