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Kiev says isolated skirmishes threaten ceasefire with rebels

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:17

Ukrainian troops pull back more weaponry from the country's east, hoping for peace and stability, although Kiev says isolated skirmishes are threatening the ceasefire. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The weapons pullout is still underway in eastern Ukraine -- though Kiev's forces worry the fighting with pro-Russian separatists could resume at any moment. Spokesman Andriy Lysenko says isolated skirmishes are threatening the already fragile ceasefire. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN MILITARY SPOKESMAN, ANDRIY LYSENKO, SAYING: "In the past 24 hours three Ukrainian servicemen were killed, seven were wounded." But the separatists say they are abiding by the ceasefire, withdrawing their lethal Grad missile systems 15 kilometers from the frontlines in accordance with the agreement struck earlier this month. Even so, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the rebels can't be trusted. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "That is why at any time, at any moment our servicemen are ready to return the weaponry to the previous positions and to repel the enemy within the shortest period of time." Kiev and the West have accused Russia of arming the rebels. Moscow denies it... and now in eastern Ukraine, all eyes are on the frontline.

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Kiev says isolated skirmishes threaten ceasefire with rebels

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:17