The parties to the conflict in eastern Ukraine agreed on Wednesday to introduce a “full” ceasefire since Monday, the Ukrainian president announced.
Representatives of the pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk and Lugansk had previously announced the agreement, which is the latest attempt to restore peace in the Ukrainian area. In fact, almost two dozen attempts to implement a full ceasefire have so far failed.
The rebel groups have assured that other agreements have been made in addition to the ceasefire, such as a ban on using drones and placing heavy weapons in urban areas to protect civilians living in the region. However, Kiev has not confirmed these additional agreements.
An armistice is seen as an important prerequisite for reaching a summit on the Ukraine crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have already expressed their intention to bring together Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski.
The pro-Russian rebels have been fighting the Ukrainian army in Donetsk and Lugansk near the Russian border for more than six years. The United Nations estimates that around 13,000 people have died since the conflict began. For its part, Russia has always rejected allegations of direct participation in the conflict.