The leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko said that 90% of its forces have been retreated from the contact line with Ukraine on Thursday.
Ukraine's central bank on Wednesday banned all foreign exchange purchases by companies through banks for the rest of the week in a bid to stem a sharp fall in the national currency, the hryvnia.
The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met in the so-called “Normandy format” on Tuesday, calling for the reinforcement of the OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine.
The German government on Monday voiced concerns over the lack of a comprehensive ceasefire in Ukraine which should have taken effect more than a week ago.
Ukrainian authorities have detained a number of suspects in connection with a bomb attack in Kharkiv that left at least two people dead and 10 injured.
Former President Viktor Yanukovych promised to return back home and expressed his regret for the current situation in Ukraine.
Ukraine is resolved on pursuing its demand for a deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Donbas, followed by a police mission of the European Union.
Russia's Gazprom started supplying gas to rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon after Kiev cut deliveries, citing damage to the pipelines caused by fighting.
Russia expressed opposition to the earlier proposal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for the deployment of UN peacekeepers or EU police mission in order to enforce the Minsk ceasefire.
Neither Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels have started pulling arms out of the areas of conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Fighting raged around a key railway hub in eastern Ukraine on Monday despite a ceasefire agreement that officially went into force a day earlier.
The OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine reported that the ceasefire, which entered into force on Sunday, was largely observed during the first hours, except in Debaltseve, Raihorodka and Luhansk.
More than 30 soldiers were killed on Friday in Ukraine as fighting in rebel-controlled eastern regions continued unabated despite a ceasefire deal with the government brokered by leaders of Germany, France and Russia.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated on Friday that an escalation in the tensions in Donbas is still likely, despite the Minsk settlement.
Leaders of the so-called Normandy group - France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine – gathered in Minsk on Wednesday to try to strike a peace deal for eastern Ukraine.
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