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Ukraine Truce Holding as Shelling Halted, Government Says

The truce in Ukraine’s easternmost region is holding with no artillery shelling and no recent casualties among Ukrainian government forces amid some small-arms fire, a military spokesman said.

“Since we have the artillery silence regime and no active offensive actions, the rebels are shooting from afar, mostly with small arms, without attacking,” Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters today in Kiev. “The separatists continue attempts to provoke Ukrainian soldiers, but our troops are holding their positions.”