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Ukraine says Putin, Poroshenko agree on 'permanent ceasefire' in Donbass region

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Members of Ukrainian police special task force "Kiev-1" inspect weapons hidden by pro-Russian separatists in the basement of an unfinished house in Slaviansk September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Stanislav Belousov
Members of Ukrainian police special task force "Kiev-1" inspect weapons hidden by pro-Russian separatists in the basement of an unfinished house in Slaviansk September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Stanislav Belousov

(Reuters) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has reached agreement with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Wednesday on a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region, Poroshenko's press office said in a statement.

"Mutual understanding was achieved concerning the steps which will enable the establishment of peace," the statement also said after Poroshenko and President Putin spoke by telephone.

Pro-Russian separatists are battling Kiev's forces in the mainly Russian-speaking Donbass region, which is home to most of Ukraine's heavy industry and accounts for about 18 percent of the country's economic output.

 

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, writing by Gareth Jones)

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