Ukrainian servicemen check documents of a local resident at a checkpoint near Slavyanoserbsk, in the region of Lugansk on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/OLEKSANDR RATUSHNIAK
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Ukraine's army awaited orders to pull back weapons from the front Line Thursday as a shaky truce settled, while the United States and Russia traded blame for delays in the peace plan.The West says the best hope for a negotiated solution to the 10-month conflict lies with the truce, which last week won unanimous backing from the U.N. Security Council.But breaches by rebel forces -- especially their assault on Debaltseve, a strategic transport hub, and attacks on Ukrainian army positions near the port city of Mariupol -- have exasperated the EU and U.S. British Prime Minister David Cameron this week announced his country will send up to 75 soldiers to Ukraine on a "training mission".
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