Terming as "historic" the latest ceasefire reached between the Myanmarese government and 16 ethnic armed groups, former Indian diplomat and the UN Secretary General's special advisor on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, has said that the agreement is the first step towards a larger dialogue for settling Myanmar's political and military issues.
Intensive artillery fire broke out Sunday near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, apparently breaking an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government, an AFP reporter said.
Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in a notoriously dangerous mine just a few kilometres from the frontline, where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian separatists.
Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed and nine were wounded in the last 24 hours in the country`s east where government troops are fighting with pro-Russian rebels, a Ukrainian military source told Reuters on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday approved a decision of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) to call for international peacekeepers to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the presidential press service said.
Ukraine`s military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal.
Kiev: Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if the truce is solid.
A UN-backed ceasefire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, but tensions remained high after the US accused Russia of "lies" and Britain ordered a small troop deployment to train Kiev`s forces.
Even as a ceasefire agreed between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine is hanging by a thread, with both sides struggling to abide by the terms, Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that a war will never happen.
Ukraine will start withdrawing its heavy weapons from the security zone in eastern Ukraine as soon as the pro-Russian separatist militias fully respect the agreed ceasefire, the Ukrainian military command announced Monday.
Ukraine`s military said on Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in the east as pro-Russian separatists had not stopped attacking government positions despite a ceasefire deal.