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Russia, Ukraine set deal on humanitarian assistance to East Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen sit next to a national flag of Ukraine on an armored personnel carrier near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, in the region of Donetsk, on Aug. 5, 2014.
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Ukrainian servicemen sit next to a national flag of Ukraine on an armored personnel carrier near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, in the region of Donetsk, on Aug. 5, 2014.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Friday said an agreement had been reached for a Russian humanitarian aid delivery to eastern Ukraine and he hoped it would pave the way for a ceasefire between the government and pro-Russian rebels there.

"We heard the news today that this humanitarian mission from Russia will now go forward and an agreement has been reached on the humanitarian delivery among Ukraine, Russia and the Red Cross,'' Niinisto said, speaking via a translator, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin at his resident in Sochi.

--Reuters