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Ukraine rebel leaders say to issue cease-fire order Friday

A Pro-Russian rebel holds a dog named Devka with hand grenade attached to the leash in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine September 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

KIEV: The heads of Ukraine's two pro-Russian rebel regions said they were ready to issue cease-fire orders Friday during European-mediated peace talks with Kiev and Russian envoys.

The heads of the self-declared "People's Republics" of Lugansk and Donetsk said in a joint statement Thursday they would issue the order if a Kremlin-backed peace plan is signed as expected in the Belarussian capital Minsk, adding that they would submit "details of how the conflicting parties intend to guarantee" the terms of the truce.

 

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