Ukraine welcomes new ceasefire agreement

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Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, briefs journalists. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Ukraine has welcomed a new ceasefire agreement which was signed on Thursday in Minsk, Belarus, to bring conflict in the country to an end.

Government forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists over control of key towns in the eastern part of the country since April last year.

The UN human rights office recently described the situation as "untenable" for the people in the area.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The agreement states that at midnight on 15 February, an unconditional ceasefire will be established.

Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN said his country is pleased at the united solidarity of the world leadership in facilitating these latest negotiations.

He shared the details of the new agreements.  

"The agreements provide for the liberation of all hostages within 19 days. The pullback of heavy artillery must be carried out within 14 days. The President has informed that there was also a clear commitment to withdraw all foreign troops from the territory of Ukraine in the nearest time."

The UN Secretary-General said he expects that the commitments made will be respected by the parties.

More than 5,000 people have died since mid-April because of the indiscriminate shelling of residential neighbourhoods.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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