Ukraine: 1-week cease-fire to start by end of day

Smoke rises from an explosion near a children's

Smoke rises from an explosion near a children's hospital following shelling from Ukrainian government forces in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Heavy fighting raged near Krasnyi Liman, just east of the rebel stronghold of Slovyansk, a city in the Donetsk region that has been the epicenter of violence during the past two months. (AP Photo/Andrei Petrov) (Credit: AP)

(AP) -- Ukrainian troops will start a unilateral, seven-day cease-fire later Friday as a first step in efforts to de-escalate the conflict with pro-Russia separatists in the country's east, the president said.

President Petro Poroshenko made the announcement while speaking with residents in the town of Svyatogorsk in the Donetsk region, which has declared independence from his government in...

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