Minsk talks, 15 hours of diplomatic negotiations

President Putin says leaders have agreed on peace deal for Ukraine. Ceasefire agreed to start on February 15. Withdrawal of heavy artillery. Constitutional reforms to ensure rights of Donbas agreed as well.

Background: 

While fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine as government forces and pro-Russian rebels try to make gains ahead of expected peace talks today (BBC), the Belarusian capital Minsk is to be the site of key decisions in the Ukraine conflict. President Alexander Lukashenko appears neutral, but appearances are not always what they are stacked up to be. (Deutsche Welle).

Ukraine is desperately looking to the end of the negotiations in order to obtain a loan from the IMF to avoid bankrupt and to make its economy more stable. (El Pais)

Doves vs Hawks: the European “doves” front is getting stronger. Also the Spanish  Foreign Minister Margallo refused the option to send further arms to Kiev. The “hawks” side is led by the U.S. government along with Poland and the other baltic states and their position is more aggressive towards Moscow. (CNN)

Russian official: We could help Iran attack Saudi Arabia if US arms Ukraine (Business Insider).

Insight picture of the ongoing Minsk talks:

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A document that is planned to be signed after the talks is being reviewed by both the “Normandy summit” members.

Peace negotiations in Minsk are continuing into the early hours of Thursday. The German, French, Russian and Ukrainian leaders have moved their talks to a private session among themselves, away from diplomats. (Deutsche Welle)

Russia is imposing “unacceptable” conditions, says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a break from marathon peace talks in Minsk. (BBC)

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