Ukraine cease-fire appears to hold, despite claims it has been violated by both sides

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia say the cease-fire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels is mostly holding.

The truce still appears fragile, however, with both sides claiming violations.

A spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council says rebels fired at Ukrainian forces on 10 occasions last night after the cease-fire was to take effect. Meanwhile, a top separatist leader says Ukraine’s forces violated the cease-fire with two rounds of shelling southeast of Donetsk.

But Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed steps “for giving the cease-fire a stable character” in a telephone conversation today. In a statement, Poroshenko’s office says both leaders assessed the cease-fire as having been “fulfilled as a whole.”

A separate Kremlin statement about the call says there was “mutual satisfaction” that the combtatants are “overall observing” the cease-fire.

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