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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Biden tells Ukraine to fight 'cancer of corruption'

US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Ukraine's new leaders to fight the "cancer of corruption" in the country.

US Vice President Joe Biden Credit: Burski Krzysztof/ABACA/Press Association Images

Mr Biden was speaking on the second day of his visit to Kiev, where he stressed that the forthcoming presidential election was the most important in the country's history.

He also pledged that the Obama administration would do what it could to help create a united Ukraine.

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