A cease-fire brokered by Angela Merkel and François Hollande went into effect in Ukraine last night, the New York Times reports. Aleksandr Zakharchenko, leader of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic, has announced that it would not apply to Debaltseve, one of the war in Ukraine's key battlefields.
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The day after signing an accord meant to end violent protests in Ukraine, president Viktor Yanukovych has reportedly left Kiev, ceding control of the capital to the opposition. The parliament building is now guarded by masked anti-Yanukovych forces, and the public has entered the presidential compound, Mezhyhirya, outside the city.
The months-long standoff between Ukraine's strongarm pro-Russian president and opposition protesters in the streets of Kiev, the capital, has turned grisly in recent hours, with 18 deaths reported in clashes between police and the demonstrators. This gripping livestream is being broadcast from Kiev's main square: