Ukraine cease-fire real, president says

By Agence France-Presse in Sydney ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-12-13 08:05:51

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday that a "real" cease-fire was in place in Ukraine, following the first 24 hours in seven months without a military casualty, although he admitted the truce was fragile.

"I have positive news. Today is the first 24 hours for seven months ... when we have a real cease-fire in Ukraine," Poroshenko said in a speech during a trip to Australia. "You simply can't imagine how important it is for me. This is the first night when I don't have either a lost or wounded Ukrainian soldier."

The cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels was introduced on Tuesday in hopes of ending an eight-month conflict that has claimed at least 4,300 lives and displaced close to a million people.

Ukraine cease-fire real, president says

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