Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered national armed forces to stop fire in the country’s east starting next month, his spokesman said Thursday.




Russia’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation Boris Gryzlov on Wednesday said the group coordinated a new ceasefire along the separation line in Donbass for the duration of the Easter holidays starting on April 1.


The presidential order was issued after a contract group in Minsk agreed Wednesday on a ceasefire in war-torn Donbass starting at midnight on April 1.


“The president has given all necessary orders to the General Staff and the defense minister on the ceasefire regime starting on April 1,” Svyatoslav Tsegolko tweeted.


Militias in eastern Ukraine earlier confirmed they would stick to the deal brokered by the Minsk contact group to end fighting, which has already claimed 10,000 lives since 2014, according to UN figures.

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