A battle of nerves ended this morning as the Russian and Ukrainian leaders agreed to a ceasefire in Belarus over contested territory in the embattled eastern European state.
Russian president Vladimir Putin announced the ceasefire would be effective from midnight 15th February, bringing hope to a conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 5,400 people.
It brings an end to tense 16-hour talks with the French and German leaders.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged this morning that Russia has launched military exercises in 12 regions, involving more than 30 missile regiments, according to a Russian defence ministry official.
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