Ukraine announces week-long ceasefire with militants

The Ukraine has announced a week-long ceasefire in its fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, the interior ministry said, quoting President Petro Poroshenko.

Cars queuing to leave Ukraine at a border post in Izvaryne, along the Ukraine-Russia border today
Cars queuing to leave Ukraine at a border post in Izvaryne, along the Ukraine-Russia border today Credit: Reuters

The ceasefire will come into force today and will last until June 27.

Poroshenko was quoted as saying that during that time, government forces will fire only if they come under attack from separatists.

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Ukraine's president extends truce for the east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has extended a week-long ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east for another three days.