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From VOA Learning English, this is In The News.

A ceasefire is to take effect Saturday in eastern Ukraine. The ceasefire agreement came this week after all-night talks involving the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany. Yet the leaders admit many details are yet to be worked out. Diplomats add that the agreement left many disputes unresolved.                         

About 20 people were killed in fierce fighting in the days leading up to the talks in Belarus. The leaders agreed on a truce between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. During the next two weeks, the opposing sides are to exchange prisoners and withdraw heavy weapons from the battlefield.

Russia supports the rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the agreement requires them to withdraw to the former ceasefire line. He says Ukrainian forces are to withdraw from the current line, creating a wide, neutral area.

Mr. Putin spoke to reporters Thursday morning, after the all-night negotiations.

In his words, “It was not the best night of my life, but it has been a good morning because we have managed to reach a major agreement.”              
He said the agreement includes a Ukrainian promise to provide constitutional guarantees of what he calledthe rights of the peoplein two areas: Donetsk and Luhansk. The rebels have claimed both cities.

Ukraines new government has offered substantial self-rule for the two regions. But President Petro Poroshenko said the government will not go as far as Russia and the rebels want.

The leaders of Germany and France launched this latest effort to end the conflict in Ukraines east. They did so in an effort to stop the offensive by the rebels and avoid the possibility of United States arms sales to Ukraine.

French President Francois Hollande said there is agreement on a political settlement of the nearly one-year-old Ukraine crisis. But he said all the details have yet to be negotiated.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded less hopeful. She said the ceasefire agreement gives hope for a solution, but leaves a lot of work to do. She described the agreement as better than none at all.

Reports say the talks nearly broke down when rebel leaders refused to give up gains their forces had made in recent weeks. But Mr. Hollande said President Putin pressed the separatist leaders to agree.

At least 5,300 people have been killed in the Ukrainian conflict. On Friday, Ukraines military reported that 11 soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours.

Yaroslav Voitko is with the International Center for Policy Studies in Kyiv. He says Ukraine is not willing to give the rebels any more territory than they have already captured. The land is said to represent only about a third of what they want.

Its not about another kilometer of territory. Its the matter of principle. We will not agree to any further captures of our territories, but some compromise can be reached in the meantime on the ceasefire and stopping hostilities.”

Im Christopher Cruise.

本文来源于LK英语乐园[report整理] SENEWS-2015-02-14







乌克兰新政府已经给两个地区提供实质性的自治。但是总统Petro Poroshenko表示,政府不会完全听从俄罗斯和反叛军的意愿。


法国总统Francois Hollande表示,已经将近一年之久的乌克兰危机有了解决的政治协议。但是他认为所有就细节还有待商榷。

德国总理Angela Merkel听上去让人觉得希望不大。她表示停火协议为解决方案带来了希望,但是也遗留下很多问题要做。她将这一协议描述为聊胜于无。


Yaroslav Voitko是基辅国际政策研究中心。他表示乌克兰不愿意向叛军提供任何他们已经占领的土地。据报道称,这些土地仅占到他们想要的三分之一。