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Ceasefire signed in Ukraine

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KIEV: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered his army commanders to halt fire in Kiev's five-month campaign against pro-Russian insurgents at 1500 GMT under the terms of a new truce deal. 

"I am ordering the head of the general staff of the armed forces of Ukraine to halt fire starting at 6 pm (1500 GMT)," Poroshenko said in a statement published on his official website.

The agreement on a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists to stem months of bloodshed came as European officials prepared to consider more penalties on Russia for its role in the conflict.

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