Rõivas: ceasefire must stand this time ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said the new Minsk ceasefire agreement must be implemented this time.

“Over 5,000 people have been killed after the last ceasefire, which was signed in Minsk five months ago,” he said, adding that there are many details which need follow-up work, and the success depends on if the ceasefire is followed, Postimees reported.

He said Ukraine's economic survival must be guaranteed, for which the EU and other international partners must do their part, while former Estonian FM Urmas Paet said the new agreement is an important step in stopping the blood shed and further talks are needed for a wider agreement.

Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, the current foreign minister, also said implementation is now key. “Russian aggression in Ukraine is a heavy violation of basis of international relations and international law […] Diplomatic strives to achieve peace are worthy of recognition, but as previous experience shows, the implementation of what was agreed is of deceive importance.”

Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France today agreed, after 17 hours of negotiations, that a ceasefire will begin on February 15.

Other agreements were:
* heavy weapons will begin to be pulled out on February 17
* all prisoners will be released, amnesty for those involved in fighting
* withdrawal of all foreign armed units, weapons and mercenaries from Ukrainian territory
* Ukraine will lift restrictions from areas held by Russian-backed separatists
* constitutional reform to enable decentralization in separatist held regions by the end of the year
* Ukraine will control border with Russia by the end of the year

Editor: J.M. Laats



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