NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire ‘in name only’

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NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe or SACEUR, U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, left , and U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell attend on NATO Military Committee Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — NATO’s top general says he has little faith in the 2-week-old cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country’s east.

Speaking to reporters in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius (VEEL’-nee-oos) on Saturday, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said the September agreement is a “cease-fire in name only.” He said violence levels, including the number of artillery rounds fired in the past few days, are as high as prior to the cease-fire.

Breedlove said he hopes the agreement announced Saturday for creation of a buffer zone between Ukrainian government troops and the pro-Russian militants will succeed in stabilizing the situation.

Breedlove was in Vilnius for a meeting of NATO military chiefs, who discussed a range of issues including the situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia .


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