1. Update — Sept. 5, 9:58 a.m. ET:
2. World leaders at the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, have approved plans to dispatch several thousand troops to eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression, the Associated Press reported.
The plan is aimed at helping NATO counter aggressors, including Russia.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the “spearhead” force will be ready to deploy with the next few days, will be backed be air, sea, and special forces, and will include a command and control center in eastern Europe, CNN reported.
The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has caused concern for NATO-member states which share a border with Russia.
3. Rasmussen said:
This decision sends a clear message: NATO protects all allies at all times.
And it sends a clear message to any potential aggressor: Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance.
4. Shortly after NATO’s announcement, pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine announced they and the Kiev government had agreed to a cease-fire deal to end the conflict.
The cease-fire will take effect at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET).
5. The move comes despite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko saying earlier that he was “absolutely not hopeful” that talks in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, would lead to a resolution, the BBC reported.
He said: “Ukraine as a state and me as Ukrainian leader are doing everything possible to have peace.”