Ceasefire under pressure after attacks in east Ukraine

A unilateral ceasefire called for by Kiev is under pressure after pro-Russian separatists attacked an Ukrainian military base and posts on the border with Russia, government forces said.

Armed pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk Credit: Reuters

The fresh attack came just hours after the start of a ceasefire at 10 p.m. on Friday by Ukrainian forces, ordered by President Petro Poroshenko as part of his plan to end the rebel insurgency in the east of the country.

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