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Back-to-school in Ukraine's Donetsk coincides with full truce

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 01:18

Children celebrate the first day of school in the eastern city, just in time for a truce between troops and separatists that comes into full effect. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Back to school -- a day children around the world can relate to. But underneath it all, some parents say they can't help but feel a little tense. ...Even as a truce between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists comes into full force. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, YULIYA KOZYAKOVA, SAYING: "It is still rather dangerous for people to stay in some districts. And also just a week ago we were sitting at home during shelling and thinking whether it (shell) would reach us or not. Though our child thought it was fireworks, but it was not." As children get excited over the new school year, President Petro Poroshenko is in a somber mood. Two more guardsmen died from their wounds sustained during protests outside the parliament building on Monday. The violence erupted as parliament debated constitutional amendments that would give more autonomy to the rebel-held east. Some 90 people were reported wounded -- including guardsmen Poroshenko visited at the hospital. Despite the flare up, he says the ceasefire will be taken seriously. A truce that comes just in time to give some hope to these children as they start their new year. Children celebrate the first day of school in the eastern city, just in time for a truce between troops and separatists that comes into full effect. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Back-to-school in Ukraine's Donetsk coincides with full truce

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 01:18