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Rebels in Ukraine ready to extend cease-fire

BRUSSELS (AP) -- An insurgent leader in eastern Ukraine says his group is ready to extend a cease-fire and will soon release the European observers they have been holding for weeks.

The talks in the eastern city of Donetsk came as a weeklong cease-fire declared by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is set to expire later Friday.

Insurgent Alexander Borodai said the rebels will free four OSCE observers “in the nearest days.” He spoke after talks involving Ukraine's former president, the Russian ambassador and an envoy from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Borodai demanded Ukrainian troops withdraw from eastern Ukraine and said insurgents wouldn't withdraw from the Ukrainian checkpoints on the border with Russia they have seized.

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