Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko reached agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday on a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region, Poroshenko's press office said. There was no immediate sign on the ground of a halt in the fighting between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian separatists in the mainly Russian-speaking region, which is home to much of Ukraine's heavy industry. In a statement, Poroshenko's press office said: "As a result of the conversation (between the Ukrainian president and Putin) agreement was reached on a permanent ceasefire in the Donbass.
Five-time champion Roger Federer set up a US Open quarter-final blockbuster against eccentric French star Gael Monfils as the hugely-hyped new generation flopped once again. Federer reached his 10th US Open quarter-final in the last 11 years on Tuesday with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut while Monfils, the 20th seed, reached his second New York last-eight after stunning seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-5. Second seed Federer, the 17-time major winner, leads Monfils 7-2 in career meetings, including their most recent clash in Cincinnati last month.