MINSK (QHA) -

Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels on Saturday agreed on a complete ceasefire and a buffer zone a bid to bolster the preliminary truce signed on September 5.

According to the agreement signed in Belarus' capital Minsk after negotiations between representatives of Ukraine, Russia, pro-Moscow separatists and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a 30-kilometre wide buffer zone will be set between Ukrainain government forces and the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

To do that, both sides have agreed to move their heavy weapons 15 kilometres back from either side of the front lines of the conflict.

The agreement also includes a ban on the use of heavy weapons in residential areas; a ban on flights by military aircraft over the buffer zone except by the OSCE, which has been monitoring implementation of the ceasefire; and the withdrawal of all foreign fighters and military equipment from Ukrainian territory, to be monitored by the OSCE.

Kiev accuses Moscow of supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine with weapons and more than 1,000 Russian troops, while Moscow denies its role in eastern Ukraine conflict. 

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