02/27/2015 12:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why Peace In Ukraine Must Be Seen To Be Believed

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After months of fighting that left more than 5,000 people dead, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels agreed on Feb. 12 to a ceasefire that would bring an end to hostilities in the country's east.

The peace deal and the talks leading up to the agreement were not the first vows to restore calm in Ukraine's volatile east. Yet despite repeated promises on both the government and rebel side, fighting raged on.

Many fear that this time around, too, the ceasefire may be headed for defeat. "This is a glimmer of hope, no more no less," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in the wake of the deal.

While government troops and rebels started pulling back heavy weaponry this week -- one of the conditions of the deal -- fighting has continued. The Ukrainian military said on Friday that three servicemen were killed in the east and several others were injured.

To understand the muted optimism in the wake of the agreement, take a look at some of the major events in Ukraine's past ceasefire deals in the timeline below.



Ukraine's Volatile East