Fighting Continues in Ukraine Despite Looming Ceasefire

Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Moscow rebels question whether peace deal will stick.

By Published on February 13, 2015

Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Moscow rebel forces clashed Friday ahead of a cease-fire hammered out by European leaders desperate to halt the conflict but also openly questioning whether the peace deal will stick.

Fighting was anticipated on both sides as forces seek to make gains and fortify positions ahead of the planned Sunday cease-fire, which was announced Thursday after marathon talks that included European leaders and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

But even in advance the deadline, Ukraine ’s president repeated concerns among European officials that the cease-fire may not fully quell the 10-month-old conflict between separatists favoring ties with Russia against Ukraine ’s Western-allied government.

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