No arms pullback as deadline passes

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Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels have failed to start pulling back heavy weaponry from the front line in eastern Ukraine as a deadline to do so passed.

Under a ceasefire agreement signed last week, the warring sides were to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line today. Both sides indicated yesterday, however, that they would begin the pullout only after the other party does so.

The Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted rebel leader Andrei Purgin as saying that the separatists plan to discuss the possible withdrawal of the weaponry later today with representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the group charged with monitoring the ceasefire, the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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