German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, attend a NATO-Ukraine round table meeting during a NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Leon Neal, PA)
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order cease-fires Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine's east.Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales, Poroshenko said the cease-fire would be conditional on a planned meeting going ahead in Minsk Friday of envoys from Ukraine, Russia and Europe's OSCE security watchdog.Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the main rebel Donetsk People's Republic, said in a statement his men would also order a cease-fire, from one hour later, provided that Kiev's representatives signed up to a peace plan at the Minsk meeting.The announcements come a day after Russia's President Vladimir Putin put forward a seven-point peace plan, which would end the fighting in Ukraine's east, bring in outside monitors and aid, while leaving rebels in control of their territory.
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