Tuesday, September 13 2016 19:30 EEST
Leaders of the separatists announced a unilateral cease-fire starting on September 14
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The leaders of the separatists in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have announced a unilateral cease-fire starting at midnight on September 14.

In a recorded statement aired on Russian television on September 13, the separatist leader in Donetsk, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, said the separatists are 'fully committed' to the Minsk peace agreements and see them as 'the only solution,' RFE/RL reports.

Zakharchenko urged Kyiv to follow suit.

The separatist leader in the Luhansk region, Igor Plotnitskiy, made a similar announcement.

It is the first time that the Russia-backed separatists have come with the idea of a unilateral cease-fire.

The announcement comes a few hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he expects the parliament to vote soon on constitutional amendments granting autonomy to eastern Ukraine.

Fighting between government and separatist forces has killed more than 9,500 people in Ukraine’s east since April 2014.

As reported earlier by 1492news.com, Klimkin: 'Ceasefire held for 1-2 days, but now there are more attacks.'

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