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Ukraine accuses rebels of violating 'Day of Silence'

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 - 01:10

Ukraine's military accuses separatists of violating an agreed ''Day of Silence'' in the embattled east, an initiative that was seen as an attempt to forge a durable ceasefire, paving the way to a new round of peace talks. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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According to Ukraine's military, one should not be fooled by these seemingly quiet streets of Donetsk. They say at least 13 violations were committed by the rebels, including two artillery attacks on the Donetsk airport… all during the "Day of Silence" ceasefire - seen as a test to coincide with the start of a new round of peace talks. Some Donetsk residents say they had a hard time believing a ceasefire was in effect. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, ALEXANDER, SAYING: "No, I haven't felt it yet, I am coming from Abakumovo now, from the bus station and there was shooting there again this morning. Artillery explosions could be heard." Fighting in the past few weeks has been intense around the airport in Donetsk… with rebels attempting to seize it from government control. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PETRO POROSHENKO SAYING: "People (are) tired from the war. And I think that these efforts can bring the results." Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he had hoped a sustainable ceasefire would be obtained. But with troops recording numerous violations from the rebels, it's anyone's guess as to when, or if, that will happen.

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Ukraine accuses rebels of violating 'Day of Silence'

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 - 01:10