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Cautious optimism for Russia-Ukraine ceasefire

Rebels have said they will participate in a prisoner swap as part of the deal, but offered fewer Ukrainians than Kyiv asked for. Ukrainian President Zelenskiy said he was a "hostage" of a failed 2015 deal.

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