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.

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Ukraine peace plan calls for 'buffer zone' with Russia

A 14-point peace plan designed to bring peace to the east of Ukraine includes the creation of a 6.25-mile buffer zone on the border with Russia, according to a leaked copy released today.

President Petro Poroshenko will call for the creation of a 6.25-mile buffer zone on the border with Russia. Credit: Reuters

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to release the plan officially, following claims that fighters from Russia and supplies of guns and other military equipment have been coming into the country to support pro-Russian separatists.

The plan is also expected to call for early parliamentary elections to be held nationally as well as local elections in the regions.

Other points will offer freedom from prosecution for separatists who put down their arms and had not committed "serious crimes" and require all hostages to be freed.

Poroshenko has said the peace plan, once accepted, will come into effect as soon as he orders Ukrainian forces to cease fire.

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