Ukraine: Leaders of Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine emerge in an 16-hoursannouncing a comprehensive peace deal for eastern Ukraine. But the question remains whether Ukraine and Russia is willing to comprehend. Russian President Vladimir Putin told that the agreement envisages a cease-fire that will be effective starting from the start of the day on February 8 as well as a special status for the rebel regions, provisions on border controls and humanitarian issues.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, however, denied that there was any agreement about autonomy in eastern Ukraine. More than 5,300 people have died since April in the fighting, which continued to rage on February 13 even as the four leaders were engaged in talks. Speaking to reporters after the exhausting talks, Putin said “it was not the best night in my life but the morning, I think, it is good because we have managed to agree on the main things despite all the difficulties of the negotiations.”
Putin added, however, that he and Poroshenko disagreed on assessing the situation in a key flashpoint, the government- held town of Debaltseve, which has been the focus of fierce fighting for weeks. Putin’s statement followed the talks brokered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, which dragged for nearly 16 deep into a second day Thursday as the four leaders desperately sought to resolve their differences. Hollande said he and Merkel are committed to helping verify the cease-fire process in Ukraine, along with the Russian and Ukrainian leaders. Speaking after the talks, Hollande said the announcement of a new cease-fire deal has come as a ‘relief to Europe’.