Latest News Wires Ukraine, rebels agree to buffer zone

In an effort to strengthen the cease-fire deal agreed to earlier this month, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels agreed to pull back artillery, setting up a buffer zone 19 miles wide.

By , Associated Press

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Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.