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Minsk agreements see little progress

The exchange of about 200 prisoners gives a hope that the truce may hold.

Minsk agreements see little progress

The Donbas militants announced the withdrawal of heavy artillery from the east of Ukraine, but Kyiv reports armored columns coming from Russia, Euronews agency informs.

As the truce hangs by a thread, the Ukrainian military said the rebels continued attacks on their forces near Mariupol raising fears it will become the next flashpoint.

According to the agency, the swap of around 200 prisoners is being seen as the first positive sign that the peace deal may hold, at the end of a week which saw the Ukrainian army's biggest defeat in months when rebels captured the town of Debaltseve.

Earlier, it was reported that Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, General Philip Breedlove said that Alliance Intelligence had convincing evidence of Russia's weapon deliveries to the separatists back in the early stages of the conflict.