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Ukraine Halts Russian Convoy as Kiev Barriers Dismantled

Ukrainian authorities said they succeeded in halting a Russian military convoy heading toward its border as its army squeezed the pro-Russian stronghold of Donetsk and rebels said they are open to a cease-fire.

The column of Russian soldiers and army equipment, under the guise of a humanitarian mission, stopped before crossing the border into Ukraine’s embattled east after leaders asked the U.S., Russia and the Red Cross to intervene, said Valeriy Chaly, the deputy chief of President Petro Poroshenko’s administration. A Kremlin spokesman denied Chaly’s claims.