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The pro-Russian separatists in the war zone Eastern Ukraine have announced the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline until Sunday evening. In coordination with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) weapons would be withdrawn for at least three kilometers from the front with a caliber of 100 millimeters.
That said, the separatist leader Vladislav Dejnego in Luhansk (Lugansk) on the Interfax news agency, according to. The Donetsk region also announced the withdrawal of weapons. Russia called on the Ukraine, also withdraw from the frontline in accordance with the Minsk peace plan in February.
The rebels said that they wanted to provoke new violent excesses. "This is our unilateral step toward peace. We will show the world that we meet the agreements of Minsk", local media said said the head of Luhansk "People's Militia", Sergei Kozlov.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had asked Ukraine to implement the agreed in the Belarusian capital peace plan. For this purpose he had with his Ukrainian colleague Pavel Klimkin and with the foreign ministers of Germany and the USA, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and John Kerry, telephoned the night before.
The Minsk ceasefire agreement for the Eastern Ukraine, meanwhile, remained fragile. According to the government three civilians were killed in a shelling of residential areas near Donetsk by the rebels. In addition, a soldier were killed and four more wounded, said a military spokesman with on Saturday.
The pro-Russian rebels threw themselves in front of the army to step up attacks and taking civilian targets under fire. The Minsk Convention had led for several months to calm the situation. Finally, the fighting was but flared up again. Since April 2014 more than 6,500 people died in the conflict killed.