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25 Aug 2017 description

The Ukrainian military and Russia-backed separatists have accused each other of violating a cease-fire established ahead of the start of the new school year.

The new truce came into effect on August 25 just after midnight, a week before most pupils in Ukraine return to school on September 1.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that the first breach was recorded less than two minutes into the cease-fire, when the separatists targeted the village of Talakivka in the Donetsk region with small arms and heavy machine guns.

25 Jul 2017 description

The German government says Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine have agreed on a number of "immediate measures" to push forward with a peace deal brokered in 2015 to end the bloody fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The government in Berlin said late on July 24 that the so-called Normandy Group called for the immediate halt to all violations of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting forces of the central government in Kyiv.

30 Jun 2017 description

Ukrainian firefighters are battling to contain a forest fire inside the irradiated exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, officials say.

The fire erupted around midday on June 29 during tree cutting works at the Lubyanskoye Forestry and spread to an area of some 25 hectares by early June 30, the emergency services said.

More than 100 firefighters and scores of trucks and aircraft were dispatched to the area, a statement said.

29 May 2017 description

KYIV -- Ukrainian authorities are blaming Russia-backed separatists for a hail of artillery fire that injured at least eight civilians, damaged buildings, and interrupted water supplies in the front-line town of Krasnohorivka over the weekend.

The incident underscored a warning last week by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which said that the rate of violence in the Ukraine conflict so far this year had more than doubled on a year earlier.

13 May 2017 description

May 13, 2017 18:29 GMT

Authorities in Ukraine are reporting that four civilians were killed when Russia-backed separatists fired into a residential area of the town of Avdiyivka.

One person was seriously injured in the May 13 incident and has been hospitalized.

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Zhebrivskyy posted on Facebook that the shelling happened in the evening and that three of the fatalities were women.

Local police said two children who were in the area were not injured.

13 Apr 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

LONDON, Apr 13 2017 (IPS) - Eighteen months ago, UN member-states pledged a new set of goals on eradicating extreme poverty and creating a fairer, more sustainable planet by 2030. This week, we have alarming evidence that at least one of those goals – Sustainable Development Goal 6, to reach everyone everywhere with access to water and sanitation – is already in peril.

13 Apr 2017 description

Unlike Hungary, Poland has not seen thousands of migrants from Africa and Middle East at its borders

WARSAW, April 13 (Reuters) - Poland is working on regulations that would allow it to detain asylum seekers in border camps, the interior minister said on Thursday, arguing such a policy has served Hungary well despite it being criticised by the United Nations.

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20 Feb 2017 description

The close proximity of opposing sides and continued use of heavy weapons prompted leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to call for renewed efforts to implement peace agreement

By Pavel Polityuk

AVDIYIVKA, Ukraine, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists appeared to be respecting a new ceasefire attempt on Monday after international powers called for shelling to stop and for the withdrawal of banned heavy weapons.

19 Feb 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 18 February 2017 17:28 GMT

Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agree to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine

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By John Irish and Andrea Shalal

MUNICH, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine.