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Ukraine, rebels agree to pull back troops, weapons

  • Ukrainians carry flowers and flags as they take part in the Peace March in Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2016, during the International Day of Peace. The placard reading "Peace to the World". (AP Photo/Sergey Chuzavkov)

    Ukrainians carry flowers and flags as they take part in the Peace March in Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2016, during the International Day of Peace. The placard reading "Peace to the World". (AP Photo/Sergey Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian lmilitary cadets take part in the Peace March in Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2016, during the International Day of Peace. (AP Photo/Sergey Chuzavkov)

    Ukrainian lmilitary cadets take part in the Peace March in Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2016, during the International Day of Peace. (AP Photo/Sergey Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian lyceum school students and military cadets stand at a memorial for soldiers killed during the Soviet war in Afghanistan as they take part in the Peace March in Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2016, during the International Day of Peace. (AP Photo/Sergey Chuzavkov)

    Ukrainian lyceum school students and military cadets stand at a memorial for soldiers killed during the Soviet war in Afghanistan as they take part in the Peace March in Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 21, 2016, during the International Day of Peace. (AP Photo/Sergey Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

Representatives of Ukraine and separatist rebels have agreed to pull back troops and weapons from several areas in eastern Ukraine.

Darka Olifer, spokeswoman for ex-President Leonid Kuchma representing Ukraine in the so-called Contact Group, said in a Facebook post that Wednesday's agreement signed in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, applies to three specific areas and will be monitored by observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government troops has killed more than 9,600 people since it erupted in April 2014, according to the United Nations. The February 2015 Minsk agreement, which was brokered by France and Germany, helped end large-scale battles, but smaller clashes have continued to claim lives and a political settlement has stalled.