Merkel: agreements reached in Minsk give hope

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday positively assessed the outcome of summit talks in Minsk.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday positively assessed the outcome of summit talks in Minsk.

Agreements reached after all-night negotiations between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France offer a "glimmer of hope" for solving the crisis in Ukraine, German media quoted Merkel as saying.

The package of measures to implement the Minsk Accords envisages pullback of all heavy weapons by both parties to locations equidistant from the disengagement line in order to create a security zone at least 50 kilometers wide for artillery systems with a caliber of 100 mm or more, a zone of security 70 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers and a zone 140 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch and Tochka-U missiles.

First published by TASS.

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