Minsk agreement: Devil's in the details

After 14 hours of tough talks, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached an agreement on what to do about situation in eastern Ukraine, where hostilities have already claimed over 5,400 lives. However, the leaders did not hold a customary joint press conference.
Vladimiras Putinas, Francois Hollande'as, Petro Porošenka, Angela Merkel
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