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Belarus: 'Ukraine ceasefire to start on February 15' - Putin [HD]00:58

Belarus: 'Ukraine ceasefire to start on February 15' - Putin [HD]

Belarus, Minsk
February 12, 2015 at 19:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

A fresh ceasefire will begin in Ukraine at midnight of February 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced to press on Thursday morning following marathon peace talks in Minsk. Following his announcement, Putin said the talks took over 15 hours due to Kiev authorities refusing to 'directly address representatives of the anti-government forces.'

The Russian leader was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukrainian, which has claimed over 5,300 lives according to the latest United Nations estimates.

The discussion focused on securing a ceasefire, withdrawing heavy weapons and creating a demilitarised zone in southeastern Ukraine.

The leaders - referred to as the 'Normandy Four' - began talks on Wednesday evening at the Minsk Palace of Independence. The talks subsequently went on throughout the night and into the morning.

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A fresh ceasefire will begin in Ukraine at midnight of February 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced to press on Thursday morning following marathon peace talks in Minsk. Following his announcement, Putin said the talks took over 15 hours due to Kiev authorities refusing to 'directly address representatives of the anti-government forces.'

The Russian leader was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukrainian, which has claimed over 5,300 lives according to the latest United Nations estimates.

The discussion focused on securing a ceasefire, withdrawing heavy weapons and creating a demilitarised zone in southeastern Ukraine.

The leaders - referred to as the 'Normandy Four' - began talks on Wednesday evening at the Minsk Palace of Independence. The talks subsequently went on throughout the night and into the morning.