Date
18 December 2017
Presidents Vladimir Putin (left) of Russia and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine meet in Minsk on August 26. They have now agreed on a ceasefire in Ukraine's east. Photo: Reuters
Presidents Vladimir Putin (left) of Russia and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine meet in Minsk on August 26. They have now agreed on a ceasefire in Ukraine's east. Photo: Reuters

Putin, Poroshenko agree on ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

Presidents Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin of Russia have agreed on a ceasefire in Ukraine’s east but no details are available, Poroshenko’s press service said.

Poroshenko spoke to Putin on the phone on Wednesday, according to a statement on the president’s website. “As a result of this conversation, an agreement was reached on a permanent ceasefire in Donbas.”

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier in the day that Putin and Poroshenko in a recent conversation discovered that they “largely share views” on peace solutions in Ukraine’s east. 

The new agreement comes as a surprise because the presidents could not agree on common solutions to the problems in the east during their two-hour discussion in Minsk on August 26, according to Ukrainian paper KyivPost.

Ukraine has accused Russia of sending troops and weapons to the east, which Russia has denied.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council spokesman said that Russian troops, often without insignias, have been seen in at least 10 different towns and cities in eastern Ukraine.

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