Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ukraine Signs Deal With Rebels to Create Buffer Zone

Agreement Is Aimed at Reinforcing Cease-Fire Agreement Signed in Early September

By Alexander Kolyandr WSJ
Updated Sept. 20, 2014

MOSCOW—The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists early Saturday agreed on a series of measures to de-escalate the six-month-long armed conflict in an effort to restore stability in eastern Ukraine.

Under a nine-point agreement signed in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, both sides will create a buffer zone along the line the forces occupied Friday.

The agreement is aimed at reinforcing a cease-fire agreement that Ukraine and the rebels signed on Sept. 5, though both sides have since blamed the other for breaching the truce. Ukrainian authorities said Saturday morning that the separatists shelled army checkpoints during the night. The rebels said their positions were shot at and shelled by government forces.

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