Ukraine Fighting Despite Truce

Fierce fighting is reported inside the key Ukrainian town of Debaltseve despite a ceasefire agreed last week. (BBC)

Both sides missed deadline to withdraw heavy weapons. (Le Monde)

OSCE monitors trying to reach the town have so far been prevented by separatist forces from doing so, prompting a conference call between Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Putin earlier today. A statement issued by the German government said that the three leaders had agreed specific steps to ensure access for the OSCE observers. (Kyiv Post)