This was reported by Reuters.
“I’ve always said that there are no guarantees that our efforts (to resolve the crisis in Donbass) will be successful,” – she said. According to Merkel, particularly “fragile” is the situation in Debaltseve, which is not that “surprising.”
Earlier, on February 16, the official representative of the head of EU diplomacy, Maya Kosyanchich, stated that the agreement on the ceasefire in Ukraine is being generally observed “despite some incidents.” In her opinion, the anti-Russian sanctions could be either strengthened or weakened, depending on how the situation in Donbass unfolds.
On February 15, the head of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko urged Ukrainian military leave Debaltseve area, leaving weapons and military equipment.
On February 12, in Minsk, after the talks to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, an agreement was signed, which, among other things, provides for complete ceasefire in Donbass as of 00:00 on February 15, 2015, and the gradual withdrawal of heavy weapons and artillery from the contact line. The talks were held in the format of “Normand four” – with the participation of the heads of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine.
During the offensive which began in January, DPR militia blocked a military group of several thousand soldiers in Debaltseve, an important railway junction of the region. The entire operation was called “Debaltseve kettle” and all major battles took place around this town.