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Donetsk leader agrees to ceasefire

Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine have agreed to respect a ceasefire declared by the government in Kiev.

Alexander Borodai is the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. He announced on Monday that the separatists will observe a ceasefire until Friday morning as called for by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Borodai made the pledge after holding the first-ever talks with a representative of the Ukrainian government.
Former president Leonid Kuchma attended the meeting, along with Russia's ambassador to Ukraine.

But fighting continues in eastern parts of the country, and it's still uncertain whether the ceasefire will hold.

President Poroshenko announced the peace plan last Friday, along with a unilateral, week-long ceasefire.

He has urged pro-Russian militants in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk to stop fighting.

Also on Monday, US President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked him to use his influence with the militants to help bring peace to eastern Ukraine.

Putin reportedly said Russia supports Ukraine's peace plan.

Jun. 24, 2014 - Updated 01:37 UTC