Riot police block activists and supporters of Ukrainian nationalist parties during a rally against trade with Ukraine's rebel-held east areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Kiev, Ukraine February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force Monday, Moscow and Kiev said, though some separatists were already labeling it unfeasible.The weekend announcement came after nearly 30 people lost their lives as violence flared again earlier this month in a conflict that has left more than 10,000 people dead since April 2014 .The new cease-fire deal was announced after the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France met on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, with Russia's Sergey Lavrov calling it a "positive" development.Since the February 2015 Minsk peace agreement, Ukraine and Russia have been locked in a stalemate that has been periodically broken by fighting that each side has accused the other of instigating.More than 1,000 ultranationalists staged a protest in Kiev Sunday to back a blockade between the coal-producing separatist east and the rest of Ukraine that the government has warned could potentially cause nationwide power cuts and job losses.
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