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Ukraine's Pseudo-Peace
     Olya Morvan/Wostok Press/ZUMA (bios)
Ukraine's military and pro-Russian rebels accused each other of increased attacks in separatist eastern territories despite a two-month-old ceasefire deal. The conflict has reached stalemate in recent weeks with the truce, orchestrated in the Belarussian capital of Minsk in February, and still technically in force yet casualties are reported daily. According to the Minsk deal, weapons bigger than 100 mm calibre, including large artillery and rocket systems, are to have been withdrawn from the fighting. The conflict began a year ago when rebels opposed to a new pro-Western government in Kiev and the ousting of a Moscow-backed president occupied state buildings in two large cities of Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, Donetsk and Luhansk. More than 6,000 civilians, rebels and Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since then in a crisis in where Kiev has accused Russia of arming the rebels, a charge Moscow denies.
Ukraine's Pseudo-Peace
     Olya Morvan/Wostok Press/ZUMA (bios)
Ukraine's military and pro-Russian rebels accused each other of increased attacks in separatist eastern territories despite a two-month-old ceasefire deal. The conflict has reached stalemate in recent weeks with the truce, orchestrated in the Belarussian capital of Minsk in February, and still technically in force yet casualties are reported daily. According to the Minsk deal, weapons bigger than 100 mm calibre, including large artillery and rocket systems, are to have been withdrawn from the fighting. The conflict began a year ago when rebels opposed to a new pro-Western government in Kiev and the ousting of a Moscow-backed president occupied state buildings in two large cities of Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, Donetsk and Luhansk. More than 6,000 civilians, rebels and Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since then in a crisis in where Kiev has accused Russia of arming the rebels, a charge Moscow denies.