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Here's What Ukraine's Cease-Fire Looks Like So Far

A lull after 10 months of fighting.

Posted on February 15, 2015, at 11:35 a.m. ET

A cease-fire came into effect on Sunday in eastern Ukraine as government forces and Russian-backed rebels mostly laid down their arms.

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces are seen not far from Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Feb. 15, 2015.
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Members of the Ukrainian armed forces are seen not far from Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Feb. 15, 2015.

Although fierce fighting continued in some areas, both sides largely abided by the cease-fire.

Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road at Svitlodarsk, approaching Debaltseve, on Feb. 15, 2015.
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Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road at Svitlodarsk, approaching Debaltseve, on Feb. 15, 2015.

Government soldiers took the chance to play a game of soccer on the road leading to Debaltseve, a city both sides have been fighting to gain control of in recent weeks.

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Elsewhere, residents emerged from their houses to inspect the damage of war for themselves.

A woman walks by a building, which was damaged by shelling last September, in Donetsk, on Feb. 15, 2015.
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A woman walks by a building, which was damaged by shelling last September, in Donetsk, on Feb. 15, 2015.

Craters from shells and rockets were visible in the streets.

Residents walk past a shell crater in the village of Opytne in the Donetsk region, which is controlled by by Ukrainian forces, on Feb. 15, 2015.
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Residents walk past a shell crater in the village of Opytne in the Donetsk region, which is controlled by by Ukrainian forces, on Feb. 15, 2015.

For many people, the cease-fire meant time to sort through the rubble of their homes and businesses.

A member of the medical staff salvages items from amongst the rubble of a destroyed clinic in the village of Opytne on Feb. 15, 2015, a day after the clinic was destroyed during shelling by Russian-backed rebels.
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A member of the medical staff salvages items from amongst the rubble of a destroyed clinic in the village of Opytne on Feb. 15, 2015, a day after the clinic was destroyed during shelling by Russian-backed rebels.

Other residents cleaned up the debris from broken windows.

Residents clear up debris in the village of Opytne on Feb. 15, 2015, a day after shelling by Russian-backed rebels.
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Residents clear up debris in the village of Opytne on Feb. 15, 2015, a day after shelling by Russian-backed rebels.

Others took time to search for fresh water.

A resident collects water from a broken water pipe in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Feb. 15, 2015.
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A resident collects water from a broken water pipe in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Feb. 15, 2015.

Many apartments and homes have been badly damaged after 10 months of fighting.

A resident walks past a damaged building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Feb. 15, 2015.
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A resident walks past a damaged building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Feb. 15, 2015.

The interiors of the buildings are equally as damaged.

A resident shines a torch around the conflict-damaged apartment of his neighbor in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Feb. 15, 2015.
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A resident shines a torch around the conflict-damaged apartment of his neighbor in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Feb. 15, 2015.

Homes are littered with debris.

A local resident reacts in her home after shelling in recent days in Svitlodarsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2015.
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A local resident reacts in her home after shelling in recent days in Svitlodarsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2015.

School buildings have also not been spared from damage.

A man cleans shattered glass inside of a school building that was damaged in recent shelling between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces in the town of Svitlodarsk, on Feb. 15, 2015.
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A man cleans shattered glass inside of a school building that was damaged in recent shelling between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces in the town of Svitlodarsk, on Feb. 15, 2015.

More funerals were held for those killed in the fighting. This woman lost her 7-year-old son on Friday when a shell hit his school.

Zhanna Molodetskykh, center, attends the funeral of her son Igor Molodetskykh on Feb. 15, 2015.
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Zhanna Molodetskykh, center, attends the funeral of her son Igor Molodetskykh on Feb. 15, 2015.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Local residents react near their home after shelling in recent days in Svitlodarsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2015.
REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Local residents react near their home after shelling in recent days in Svitlodarsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2015.

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