3 Sep 2014

Ukraine agrees to ceasefire process

11:07 pm on 3 September 2014

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he has agreed with the Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone on a "ceasefire process" for the country's east.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Photo: AFP

His office initially reported that a "permanent ceasefire" had been agreed, but later revised its statement, the BBC reports. It says they have reached a mutual understanding on "steps leading to peace".

The Kremlin stressed that Mr Putin had not agreed to a ceasefire as Russia was not party to the conflict.

The announcement comes as US President Barack Obama met Baltic leaders in Estonia ahead of a Nato summit.

He was to hold talks in the capital Tallinn with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - all former Soviet states which joined Nato a decade ago.

The Nato summit in Wales is expected to back plans for a rapid response force.

Meanwhile, the death of a Russian photojournalist in Ukraine last month has been confirmed.

Rossia Sevodnya news agency photojournalist Andrei Stenin was killed on 6 August in a Ukrainian government ambush on a convoy of rebels and refugees near Donetsk, Russia's Investigative Committee announced.

His charred remains have only now been identified.

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