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To renew relations with churches and religious organisations and to explore possibilities of joint promotion of peace and reconciliation in Ukraine, a staff delegation from the World Council of Churches has visited Kyiv.
Ukraine has reached an in principal agreement with some of its bondholders to reduce the amount of debt owed by 20 per cent and to suspend payments for four years.
International church bodies have welcomed the ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine negotiated in Minsk and announced recently.
A World Council of Churches rep has joined a representative of the Moscow Patriarch to visit Ukraine and to encourage efforts toward peace.
Amnesty International has urged the Ukrainian government to stop abuses and war crimes by volunteer battalions operating alongside regular Ukrainian forces.
Amnesty International has accused Russia of fuelling separatist crimes as it revealed satellite images indicating a build-up of Russian armour and artillery in eastern Ukraine.
The UN Secretary-General has expresssed alarm at what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine, as the Security Council held emergency talks on the latest developments.
Quakers in the Hampshire area are planning a Meeting for Worship at Farnborough International, which hosts an arms fair alongside “family-friendly” air displays.
Ukrainian law-enforcement and military officials must adhere to international standards on the use of force and firearms, Amnesty has warned.
Prayers for peace in Ukraine, and for the success of talks, have been requested by the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit from the WCC.
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