Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed Friday a "gradual de-escalation" in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, a month after a ceasefire agreement came into effect.
"The fact that we have not had military losses for several days... is a clear indication of a gradual de-escalation," Poroshenko told Ukraine's private 1+1 television network.
Poroshenko's remarks tallied with those of international ceasefire monitors, who said Thursday that the February 12 truce was "broadly" holding up, despite sporadic clashes in a handful of flashpoints.
Poroshenko said he was confident that Ukraine's appeals to the West for arms - which so far have fallen on deaf ears - would receive a favourable response if the rebels mounted a renewed offensive.
On Wednesday the US announced plans to send Kiev military equipment worth $75 million - but not weapons.
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