Russia announces deal to stop fighting in Ukraine

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(From left) Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, 11 FebruaryAP

A truce stopping fighting in eastern Ukraine will begin on 15 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced.

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"We have managed to agree on the main issues," he said after talks with Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko, and the leaders of France and Germany.

French President Francois Hollande said it was a "serious deal" but not everything had been agreed.

Thousands of people have died in over a year of fighting in eastern Ukraine.