West vows 'strong' response if major Ukraine truce violation

Ukrainian soldiers take part in military exercises near the eastern Ukrainian city of Schastya, in the Lugansk region on March 3, 2015Western leaders have called for a “strong reaction” from the international community to any major violation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as they seek to further pressure Russia over the conflict. The leaders of the United States, Germany, France, Britain and Italy plus EU head Donald Tusk on Tuesday also argued for strengthening a mission charged with monitoring the ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons.

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