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Ukraine Says Truce Takes Hold as Pullback of Weapons Begins

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Ukraine signaled the latest attempt at peace in its easternmost regions is taking hold and said the military would start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front lines.

There were no cease-fire breaches after 12:45 a.m. local time, the military said Thursday, before announcing the arms removal. While Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the U.S. and Europe of seeking to derail dialogue, he said the peace deal was showing tangible results and there are no “ideal truces.” The rebels said some fighting continues.