The Ukrainian government announced an Easter truce for April 19 and 20. Kiev promised not to attack pro-Russian forces during the holiday weekend.

The Foreign Ministry promised “the suspension of the active phase of the anti-terrorist operation” among a list of government initiatives to defuse the crisis issued late on Friday. A spokeswoman for the SBU state security service said on Saturday the suspension was “linked to the implementation of the Geneva agreement and the Easter holidays”.

“The anti-terrorist operation was put on hold for the Easter time and we will be not using force against them at this moment,” Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia was quoted on Saturday as saying by Britain’s BBC.

The Ukranian anti-terrorist operation will continue on Monday if the protesters do not leave the government buildings in accordance with the Geneva Agreement signed by the US, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia.

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