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    Journalists were awaiting a news conference of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko in his residence in Donetsk when a mine exploded nearby.

    A mine had exploded near the residence of Alexander Zakharchenko, 100 meters away from the journalists who had gathered for a press conference with the leader of the self proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

    At least three people have been killed and four injured.

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    "Bundestag lawmakers were at my residence two hours before this happened. We were nearby when a mine exploded 100 meters away," Alexander Zakharchenko told RIA Novosti.

    On Thursday, the Contact Group, comprising envoys from Moscow, Kiev, DPR, self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic and OSCE, signed a peace deal aimed at ending the conflict in southeastern Ukraine. The deal was agreed upon by leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia after 16-hour talks in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

    The measures include a ceasefire between Kiev forces and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine, the creation of a buffer zone between the two sides through the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the region and an all-for-all prisoner exchange.

    The ceasefire comes into force at midnight local time on February 15 (February 14, 22:00 GMT).

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