MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's president is declaring a cease-fire to end nearly five months of fighting in the eastern part of his country. It comes after his representatives reached a deal with the Russian-backed rebels at peace talks in Belarus.
In a statement, President Petro Poroshenko says he expects the agreement -- calling for a cease-fire and the release of prisoners -- to be "precisely observed."
An official with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which took part in the talks, says the cease-fire deal consists of 12 points, but they haven't yet been publicly spelled out.
Even as the cease-fire takes effect, it's clear that deep divisions among the rebels could threaten to derail the peace efforts. An insurgent leader around the city of Luhansk says, "This doesn't mean that our course for secession is over."
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