In their latest telephone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko continued to discuss the progress made in implementing the peace deal for the south-east of Ukraine secured during last week's talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the Kremlin press service has reported.
"In particular, the sides discussed issues concerning the ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons by the sides in the conflict, as well as the situation near the town of Debaltseve. In addition to that, the leaders exchanged opinions on the role the monitoring mission of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) is playing at the moment," the press service said.
Putin, Merkel and Poroshenko agreed to continue contacts in different formats in order to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements, it said.
“Twenty-seven violations of the ceasefire regime have been recorded over the past 24 hours, including bombardments of Dokuchaievsk, Donetsk and Horlivka," Eduard Basurin of the Defense Ministry of the DPR told reporters.
"Based on the analysis of the first day of truce, we can say that the illegal armed units are not complying with the agreements. The enemy has used rocket launchers 31 times, tanks four times and artillery and mortars 56 times since the moment the truce was declared," says a report posted on the press center's Facebook page.
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