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>> A fresh push for a cease fire in Ukraine, calling for the removal of heavy weapons from the East. But, the hopeful Ukrainian forces and Russian backed separatists to put down their arms starting today, is already in danger of failing. Reuter's correspondent, Andrew Osbourne, in Moscow, says the deal is fragile.
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>> What this latest deal is aimed to do is to stop the really serious violence, the really serious surge in violence. And also, the idea is for the heavy weapons on both sides to be withdrawn. So, people will be watching very closely today to see how this is being implemented.
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But, frankly, yes, hopes are not that high that this will lead to some kind of a breakthrough.>> Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine came together on Saturday, saying they will use their power to keep a peace deal in place. Violent outbreaks have reduced since the new truce came into effect at midnight on Sunday.
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And Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered authorities to temporarily recognize passports issued by rebels in Ukraine, a move that many say goes against the spirit of the Minsk peace accord. Meanwhile, The New York Times reporting that a Ukrainian law maker sent an alternative peace plan for his country to associates of American President Donald Trump.
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>> He was suggesting that Russian troops should withdraw from Eastern Ukraine. Well, the Kremlin says it doesn't have any troops there anyway, that was the first thing. And he was also suggesting that a referendum be held in Ukraine to decide whether to lease crime air to Russia for 50 or 100 years.
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I think frankly this plan, it's a non-starter. But it's one that has played out quite noisily in the United States, where of course Russia and Ukraine, are very much live issues around Donald Trump.>> Moscow has rejected the proposal in The Times article as absurd