Russia and Ukraine agree on withdrawal of weapons in Donbass


Picture made available at 13 April 2015 of Ukrainian servicemen at a check point near Schastye, Luhansk area, Ukraine, 12 April 2015. Russian FM Lavrov plans to meet 13 April with his counterparts from Germany, France and Ukraine to talks on the Ukraine crisis and discuss the implementation of the Minsk peace accord for the war-torn country in the German capital Berlin.

Smaller weaponry withdrawn from Donbass, big guns still in play

Russia and Ukraine agreed, after talks in Berlin on Monday, to call for the pullback of smaller caliber weapons from the front lines in eastern Ukraine as part of a fresh push to end the region's yearlong conflict.

Foreign ministers from the two countries — meeting with their French and German counterparts in Berlin — also agreed to support international monitors and establish four working groups to address the most pressing issues faced by people in the embattled region, where Russian-backed...

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