Putin and a possible ceasefire in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is hoping for a peace agreement to be reached between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels by Friday.

Mr Putin urged both sides to stop military action in eastern Ukraine, adding that his views and those of his Ukrainian counterpart were very close.He has drafted a 7 points peace plan outlining his requests to Ukraine

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said they had agreed on a “ceasefire process”

In the recent days Ukraine has shifted the focus of its military operations from fighting pro-russia rebels in the east to defending against a broader incursion by Moscow

Many western countries like Germany and the Uk insist that economic sanctions are working, with Russia now in negative growth. Russia needs America and Europe more than America and Europe need Russia.

The ceasefire should be monitored by OSCE representatives. According to Ukranian officials there has been a reduction in the use of heavy weapons



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