Merkel, Macron, Putin agree on importance of ceasefire in Donbas – media

13:50, 08 July 2017
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the importance of implementing a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region at a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, according to Reuters.

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The leaders of Germany, France and Russia met on Saturday and agreed on the importance of implementing a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, agreed under the Minsk accords, a German government spokesman said, Reuters wrote.

Read alsoTrump presses Putin on Russian meddling in U.S. election, then "moves on" - mediaAs UNIAN reported earlier, the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the Donbas crisis on June 23 upheld local councils' requests for a ceasefire for the period of harvesting starting from June 24, the so-called "harvest ceasefire." In keeping with the agreements, the full ceasefire should be observed from June 24 to August 31.

However, the Ukrainian side has repeatedly stated that Russian-backed militants in Donbas daily violate the harvest-related ceasefire. Thus, Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 22 times in the past 24 hours, with four Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action.

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