In Ukraine, a UN- and Russia-backed cease-fire deal between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels failed to hold.
The agreement, signed on Feb. 12, called for a complete cease-fire in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, a withdrawal of artillery and missile weaponry from conflict zones, a prisoner exchange and new elections. The elections would take into consideration more autonomy for areas of eastern Ukraine.
Despite the cease-fire, rebel forces engaged Ukrainian soldiers in the town of Debaltseve, forcing the Ukrainian army to retreat on Feb. 18. Rebel spokespersons... CONTINUE READING »