Truce In Ukraine Looks More Like Work In Progress

On Wednesday, hours after a cease-fire was supposed to take effect, the town of embattled Ukrainian rail hub Debaltseve fell to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out.

The Rebels, for their part, reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. Petro Poroshenko sought to portray the withdrawal as a tactical decision that “laid shame on Russia.” He denied reports of large Ukrainian casualties and the rebel claims of many soldiers captured, saying troops were leaving Debaltseve with their weapons and ammunition.

ABC’s Tom Rivers joined us from London to discuss.

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