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An appeal to respect the cease-fire seems to be the only way

detay-donbass-a-berlino-russia-e-ucraina-concordi-nellappoggiare-cessate-il-fuoco.jpgForeign ministers from France, Ukraine, Germany and Russia have met in Berlin to try and preserve a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

The Minsk peace deal was not only supposed to usher in a truce but it is also expected to provide a framework for a political solution.

But a recent flare up in fighting after a period of relative calm has raised concerns as Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier explained:

“If this step by step process comes to a halt the implementation of the Minsk agreement will threaten to derail. But all sides have underlined tonight that they want to avoid that as all costs.”

Sticking doggedly to a time line, ministers have agreed to push ahead with a withdrawal of heavy weapons extending it to tanks.

However before the meeting, Ukraine’s military had accused pro-Russian rebels of using weapons that were meant to have already been pulled back.


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