Pro-Russian separatists pose with the picture of Joseph Stalin at checkpoint in the Spartak area near the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk November 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Antonio Bronic)
Ukraine faces a crucial week with peace talks between pro-Russian rebels and Kyiv on the horizon for the first time in three months.
Doubts remain about the date. The Ukrainian president announced negotiations could begin on Tuesday as a new ceasefire comes into effect, but the rebels want it scheduled for Friday.
The talks between Ukrainian, Russian and OSCE representatives due to take place in Minsk are set to renew the implementation of the original deal agreed in the Belarussian capital in September.
“We expect that the first and most important point of agreement is a permanent ceasefire. It’s only after Tuesday’s truce that it will be possible to withdraw heavy weaponry to 15 km from the front line,” explained…
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