Putin says leaders agree on Ukraine ceasefire

Putin says leaders agree on Ukraine ceasefire

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and leaders from Ukraine, Germany and France have agreed on a plan to end the fighting in Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters in Minsk on Thursday after almost 16 hours of talks, Putin said: “We have managed to agree on the main issues,” adding that a ceasefire would come into effect on February 15.
“We have agreed on a ceasefire,” he said but stressed that Kiev was still unwilling to directly negotiate with the separatist rebels.
Putin also said that the leaders reached an agreement on a division line for a heavy weapons pullback in eastern Ukraine.
French President Francois Hollande said there was “a real chance to ameliorate the situation in Ukraine” but that there was “still much work to be done”.
Hollande also said that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would help “verify” the course of Ukraine peace process.