Russian rouble rallies as Putin agrees Ukraine ceasefire

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The ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine began at 6pm local time (Source: Getty)

The rouble rose 0.22 per cent against the dollar and 0.14 per cent against the Euro at pixel time after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced his government had reached a ceasefire agreement with pro-Russian rebels this afternoon.

Earlier in the day, investors had piled into Russian stocks on rumours of an end to fighting, with the Micex jumping 0.22 per cent in late afternoon trading.

Speaking from the Nato summit in Wales, Poroshenko said Ukraine "must do everything possible and impossible to end the bloodshed", adding that he expected the same from rebels. The ceasefire began at 6pm local time, 3pm UK time.

Nato leaders remained sceptical, however.

EU countries and the US are expected to announce further sanctions on Russia over the weekend, despite the ceasefire. Sir Adrian Bradshaw, Nato's deputy supreme allied commander for Europe, was wary.

We look at actions fairly carefully. We have had a lot of words. Some of these words have not been worth very much.

Earlier this week Poroshenko tweeted that a ceasfire had been agreed, but that claim was quickly quashed by Russians.

More than 2,600 people are head said to have died since pro-Russian rebels took control of several eastern cities in the Donetsk and Luhansk region.

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