The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has reaffirmed its readiness to abide by the agreements reached at the Normandy Quartet summit in the Belarusian capital Minsk on February 12 and cease fire starting from February 15.
"We are ready to cease fire and fulfill the obligations assumed by the republic. But as far as the Debaltseve pocket is concerned, it is a matter of the republic's security. Ukrainian soldiers have been offered to surrender," Eduard Basurin of the Defense Ministry of the DPR told reporters on Friday.
The agreements reached by the Russian, German, French and Ukrainian leaders in Minsk on Thursday include a ceasefire due to begin at 00:01 a.m. local time on February 15 and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, beginning on February 16 and completed in two weeks.
Following 16 hours of talks in Minsk, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have agreed on a ceasefire intended as a prelude to a comprehensive political resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.
The declaration of the Russian, Ukrainian and French presidents and the German chancellor in support of the Complex of Measures on the implementation of the Minsk agreements adopted on February 12, 2015 has been published on the Russian presidential website.
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