Armed forces of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) have begun withdrawing weapons under 100mm caliber from the conflict zone with Ukrainian troops. A tank column has also started moving away to a new stationing area.
The ceasefire in Ukraine has been widely respected and the security situation has improved, French President Francois Hollande said after Normandy Four meeting. However, the Minsk peace accords are unlikely to be fully implemented by the end of the year.
The sovereignty of all states, including Ukraine, should be respected, Russian President Vladimir Putin told CBS’s ‘60 Minutes,’ stressing that he knows “for sure” that the US was involved in the ouster of President Yanukovich in 2014.
At least 200 people wearing camouflage and masks stormed the local administration building in the city of Kharkov, eastern Ukraine, local media said. The perpetrators are alleged to be members of the radical Azov battalion.
The head of Russia’s Security Council has said that US military aid to the Kiev regime was very unlikely as Washington is not interested in its success. It only intended to use the conflict in Ukraine as leverage for US influence on the European Union.