US President Barack Obama has cautiously welcomed a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, reached at multi-party talks in Geneva.
He said the US and its allies were ready to impose new sanctions on Russia if the situation failed to improve.
Eastern Ukraine may be the focus of the most dangerous argument between the West and Russia since the Cold War. But the normal rules of life are still enforced. People here still need to get to work on time. Drivers have to respect speed limits. At 08:00 in Donetsk, commuters began their journeys.
Asian stocks (SHCOMP)climbed, with the Topix index set for its biggest weekly advance this month, amid easing tension in Ukraine. South Korea’s won rose, while credit risk in Japan fell and rubber dropped to the lowest since 2012.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on April 17 that the U.S. authorities have decided to provide Ukraine with more non-lethal military aid.
The announcements from Geneva quickly trickled down to those manning barricades in front of city halls and other government buildings in eastern Ukraine.
In Donetsk, some pro-Russian activists remained defiant while others were sceptical.
Six people have been confirmed dead and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept through a route used by climbers to scale Mount Everest.
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk say they will not leave the government building there, defying the Kyiv authorities and threatening a new international deal on Ukraine.
Pro-Russian militiamen who control government buildings in eastern Ukraine are showing no sign of relenting despite a deal between Moscow and Kyiv.
Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the West may have agreed to steps to easing the crisis in Ukraine - but Friday, April 18 will be the first test of whether those words will translate into action.
Kyiv is not placing any "unreasonable" hopes on the statement that was signed by Russian, U.S., EU and Ukrainian foreign ministers in Geneva on April 17, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday morning.
The BBC's James Reynolds recorded his day as he, cameraman Abdujalil Abdurasulov and producer Eleanor Montague covered events in eastern Ukraine.
KYIV/SLOVIANSK, Ukraine April 18 - Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, April 18 saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.
President Barack Obama said on April 17 that talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but warned that the United States and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on April 17 the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.
While our own Easter traditions revolve around eating our own weight in chocolate bunnies and forgetting that everything is closed on Bank Holiday Sunday, our international neighbours have some more interesting (and energetic) celebrations in store.
Ukraine's military-led drive to root out pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country will continue despite the four-way agreement reached in Geneva, state security authorities said on April 18.
The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, on April 18 said that he did not consider his men to be bound by an agreement between Russia and Ukraine to disarm and vacate occupied buildings.
Pro-Russian separatists who have occupied administrative building in the east of the Ukraine for the past two weeks showed no sign of relenting Friday despite amnesty being offered by the Ukrainian government.