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Donetsk residents pray for peace

Sunday, September 07, 2014 - 01:04

Residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk walk and pray for peace. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk called for calm as an uneasy peace enveloped the region following a ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists brokered the day before. Carrying candles and icons and singing religious songs, the people walked through the city centre, calling for a prolonged peace. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine said on Saturday that a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists was holding up fairly well and they discussed urgent humanitarian aid for the shattered region. Residents and combatants in eastern Ukraine welcomed the respite in a five-month conflict that has killed at least 2,600 people but said they did not expect it to last. They also each accused the enemy of using the truce to rebuild their forces. In the days before the ceasefire, fighting had been fierce in two hotspots - in rebel-held Donetsk, the region's industrial hub, and also near the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, where government forces were trying to repel a major rebel offensive backed - Kiev says - by Russian troops. Both cities were quiet on Saturday, despite some isolated shelling overnight near Donetsk's airport, which remains in government hands. Mortar rounds were also fired at regular intervals through Saturday in the vicinity of the airport.

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Donetsk residents pray for peace

Sunday, September 07, 2014 - 01:04