Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko places a poppy in the World War I Honour Roll during a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Dec. 12, 2014
Jason Reed—AP
By Helen Regan
December 12, 2014

A tentative truce between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine has resulted in the first 24 hours free from deaths and injuries since a civil conflict began in February, the Ukrainian President said Friday.

The cease-fire began on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko called for a “day of silence,” the Associated Press reports.

“This is only 24 hours — everything is so fragile,” he said. “But I pray that we should continue this process. And if we will be united, we will win, no doubt.”

The Ukrainian President made the comments during a three-day visit to Australia.

More then 4,300 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the conflict.

[AP]

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