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Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine attacked the city of Debaltseve forcing Ukrainian troops to pull out of the city. The move has led some to call the ceasefire in Ukraine into question. Read the latest here.
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15:00 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the events unfolding in the strategic town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine threaten to “derail” the Minsk ceasefire agreement. Steinmeier said the German government viewed the military actions of the pro-Russian separatists in the town as a breach of the truce deal, and would strive to prevent the situation from escalating further.
13:00 NATO urges Russia to withdraw all forces from eastern Ukraine.
“I urge Russia to withdraw all its forces from eastern Ukraine, stop all its support for the separatists and to respect the Minsk agreement,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in the Latvian capital of Riga.
“The ceasefire has not been respected,” said Stoltenberg, who added that the refusal of the separatists to respect the ceasefire is a threat to the Minsk agreement.
12:30 The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will hold a telephone call later Wednesday to discuss the crisis unfolding in eastern Ukraine, a spokesman for the French government said.
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