Negotiations between the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, Britain and Iran have reached a critical stage.
President Poroshenko sought to portray the fall of Debaltseve in positive light, saying the pullback was carried out “in a planned and organized manner.”
If Russia keeps violating the agreements reached with Ukraine, costs for Russia will increase: US Vice President
Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels fought fierce battles for control of a strategic railway hub, impeding implementation of a peace plan.
Government troops and Russia-backed rebels failed to start pulling back weaponry in Ukraine as past the deadline.
But for the Ukraine ceasefire to hold, actions must promptly follow words.
The casualties are the first to be reported since pro-Russian rebels and Kiev agreed on a peace plan.
“We demand an unconditional peace” – Poroshenko
Merkel said she prefers economic sanctions as decided by the EU and negotiations to “solve the conflict.”
It must be broken. Western strategy could benefit from a vigorous diplomatic effort.
The two have also been at loggerheads over the war in Syria where Moscow has helped prop up the regime of strongman Bashar al-Assad.
Indian authorities have arranged 1000 train tickets since Tuesday to evacuate the Indian nationals.
The group of military observers were held in captivity accused of being NATO spies by a pro-Russian insurgency group.
Putin on February 26 ordered snap combat readiness drills involving thousands of troop.
Yanukovych fled the capital for eastern Ukraine and was purportedly seen in Crimea say Ukrainian authorities.