Kiev’s bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES
Edited time: September 18, 2014 11:19
Saturday, September 20
A UN source told RIA Novosti that as of September 18, the number of Ukrainian refugees abroad was estimated at 341,000.
Over 800,000 Ukrainians have crossed into Russia in recent months, but people have started returning to their homes following a ceasefire announced between the militia and Kiev.
The previous exchange of prisoners between the sides in the eastern Ukrainian conflict followed a '73 for 73' formula.
The initial explosion was so strong that the blast wave shattered windows in a house about 1 kilometer from the plant.
Militia sources said the factory was hit by two missiles. No casualty report was immediately available.
“The first one is stopping the use of weapons by both sides, the second is terminating new formations of units on military bases as of September 19. The third is banning the use of all types of weapons and offensive action,” Kuchma said.
Friday, September 19
“We have agreed on the withdrawal of all foreign mercenaries from both sides,” Kuchma told RIA Novosti following talks in the Belarusian capital.
Both sides also vowed to continue the exchange of prisoners.
The sides have signed a memorandum following peace talks in Minsk, Belarus. The agreement outlines a buffer zone of 30 km (18.6 miles) and bans all military aircraft from flying over part of eastern Ukrainian territory, except for the OSCE's aerial vehicles, former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma told RIA Novosti following the meeting.
The negotiations were also attended by Russia’s OSCE representatives.