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Russia 'Could Not Have Promised' Donbass Truce as It is Not Party to Conflict

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Moscow did not promise to ensure complete cessation of hostilities in Donbass since Moscow is not party to the conflict between Kiev and the Donbass republics.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow has not pledged to ensure full cessation of hostilities in the crisis-torn eastern Ukraine, because Russia is not party to the conflict, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

"Moscow could not have promised [a full cessation of hostilities], because it is not a party to the conflict in Donbass," Peskov said, answering a question about reported Russia's promise to Germany.

On September 1, a new ceasefire regime came into force in the region. The ceasefire agreement was reached between Ukraine’s conflicting sides during a Contact Group meeting in August. Media reported that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Moscow promised Berlin to ensure respect of ceasefire in Ukraine.

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Kiev launched a military operation in the country's east in April 2014 after the local residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognize new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power after a coup earlier the same year.

In February 2015, Kiev and the two regions reached a ceasefire in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Despite the Minsk peace accords, both sides to the conflict have continued to blame each other for multiple ceasefire violations.

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