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Kiev, pro-Russia forces agree on 2-day truce in Lugansk

Iran Press TV

Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:46PM

The two sides of the conflict in strife-torn Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine have agreed on a two-day ceasefire.

On Saturday, Igor Plotnitsky, the chief of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), and Gennady Moskal, the governor of the Kiev-controlled part of Lugansk, reached an agreement to temporarily stop clashes.

"Today we have turned to the Ukrainian governor Gennady Moskal with a request to stop artillery shelling on January 18-19," said the LPR chief.

The two sides called a truce to provide an opportunity for the residents to mark the religious ceremony of Epiphany.

The Kiev official, for his part, welcomed the ceasefire, saying it would "allow the local residents and servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to mark the holiday in peace and in a calm atmosphere."

This is while the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia forces have been engaged in spiraling deadly clashes in eastern Ukraine over the past week.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday to find a solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

The two mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have been the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev's military operation started in April last year in a bid to crush the protests.

Violence intensified in May 2014 after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.

According to the latest figures released by the United Nations, more than 4,700 people have been killed in the fighting.


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