France to host ministerial meeting on Ukraine crisis

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet on Tuesday in Paris in an effort to get a stalling peace deal between the central authorities and separatists rebels back on track, a French diplomatic source said. More than a week after a ceasefire agreement that Moscow-backed rebels ignored to capture a strategic town, Kiev and its Western allies are trying to determine whether the separatists will now halt, or advance deeper into territory the Kremlin calls “New Russia”. “It is the follow-up to the Minsk accords to ensure that they are implemented, such as withdrawing heavy weapons,” the source said. Ukraine’s military said on Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east as pro-Russian separatists had not stopped attacking government positions despite a ceasefire deal. “The situation is evolving hour by hour so it makes this meeting more and more significant.”



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