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Soldiers killed in Debaltseve withdrawal, Ukraine calls for peacekeepers

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 00:55

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling for the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers to monitor a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, amid reports that at least 13 soldiers were killed while withdrawing from the town of Debaltseve. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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"It's over"... proclaims one Ukrainian soldier. He's one of thousands of troops now back in government-controlled territory after withdrawing from the strategically important city of Debaltseve. But Ukraine's Defence Ministry says 13 soldiers were killed during the withdrawal, with more than 180 wounded and scores missing. President Petro Poroshenko is calling for U.N. peacekeepers to monitor a shaky ceasefire in the east. And despite earlier objections, a senior rebel official now says his forces will support the proposal. But it's an uneasy peace. The rebels are eager to show off their prisoners of war, Ukrainian troops captured during the fighting, as part of a broader effort to show peacemakers just who has the upper hand.

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Soldiers killed in Debaltseve withdrawal, Ukraine calls for peacekeepers

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 00:55