Officials from Kiev and two self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire that will begin 4pm (EST) Friday. Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, has confirmed the deal via his official Twitter account. Poroshenko is currently in Wales attending the NATO summit.
"I give the order to the chief of the General staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to cease fire, starting from 18.00 [local time] on September 5. We must do everything possible and impossible to stop bloodshed and put an end to people's suffering," according to a statement by the Ukrainian President.
Ukraine has been in utter turmoil since mid-April. 2,593 people have died in eastern Ukraine and another 6,033 have been injured since the civil war began. Over 260,000 eastern Ukranians have been displaced within the borders of the country and 814,000 fled to Russia for refuge.
Russia is reportedly supportive of the ceasefire and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, recently released a "7 step plan to end hostilities in Ukraine."
Russian spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, released a public statement in support of the ceasefire deal between Kiev and the eastern Ukranian rebels.
Moscow hopes that all provisions of the document and agreements reached will be carefully executed by the parties, as well as the continuation of the negotiation process for full settlement of the crisis in Ukraine," Peskov said in a statement.
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