Eastern Ukraine violence appears to be subsiding: UN

A UN agency on Friday said that eastern Ukraine's protracted conflict, in which more than 14,000 people are estimated to have been killed since violence first broke out in 2014, appears to be subsiding.

Jens Laerke, the spokesman for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said in a twice-weekly briefing in Geneva that the "relative calm" in the region had come from a cease-fire in late July.

"In Eastern Ukraine, the cease-fire that came into force on 27 July has now contributed to the longest period of relative calm since the beginning of the conflict in 2014," said the OCHA spokesman.

"Eastern Ukraine has a sense of normality, and people hope it will become sustainable," he said.