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Subdivisions of Minsk group agree on ceasefire since midnight March 8

Ukraine's Envoy in the Group Yevhen Marchuk could not specify the desired period of ceasefire
20:16, 7 March 2019

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The sides of Minsk Trilateral Contact Group agreed on the ceasefire regime to take place on midnight of March 8. Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine's Envoy in the Group said this as quoted by Interfax news agency

In spite of the consent of all parties, the Ukrainian side has doubts whether the Russian occupants would actually stop shooting.

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'The key thing is, we agreed (...) that the ceasefire would be launched since midnight. However, quite regrettably, one cannot be too optimistic or have any sort of great illusions, unless there are guarantees from the Russian Federation and, first of all, Mr. Putin or his representatives', he said.

Marchuk could not specify the desired period of ceasefire, merely saying that the Ukrainian side would like a 'long-lasting' truce.

There was no Russian representative on this particular session of the Minsk Group.

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