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Published: Friday September 5, 2014 MYT 9:50:03 PM
Updated: Friday September 5, 2014 MYT 9:51:14 PM

Ukraine president says orders army ceasefire from 1500 GMT Friday

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he had ordered the army to observe a ceasefire from 1500 GMT (1600 BST) on Friday in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine after envoys in Minsk agreed a peace plan for the region.

The ceasefire must be observed by the separatists too and be monitored by international observers from Europe's OSCE security watchdog, he said in a statement published on his website.

"Human life is the highest value and we must do everything possible and impossible to end the bloodshed and the suffering," said Poroshenko, who has spent the last two days attending a NATO summit in Wales.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, writing by Gareth Jones)

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