Syrian authorities, opposition conform to ceasefire

The Syrian government and armed opposition have agreed to a countrywide ceasefire.

The Syrian government and armed opposition have agreed to a country wide ceasefire, both sides said.

The Syrian military said in a statement published on state media “SANA” that its forces would implement the ceasefire at midnight on Thursday.

The ceasefire announcement comes after “Victories and advances achieved by the Syrian armed forces on more than one front,” the army said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in televised remarks on Thursday that Damascus and the “Main forces of the armed opposition” had agreed to a ceasefire.

With dozens of armed groups operating in the country it was unclear which rebel factions had signed onto the ceasefire.

Russian sources have said the first step to achieving peace would be to implement the ceasefire before the talks start.

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