The Ukrainian government and rebel forces have exchanged dozens of prisoners, a week after a ceasefire came into effect in the east of the country.

A total of one hundred and thirty nine Ukrainian soldiers and fifty two rebels were freed.

The exchange is the first step carried out successfully under the terms of the Minsk agreements, brokered by France and Germany.

The rebels are reportedly agreed to begin a pullback of heavy weapons, another key part of the truce.

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