"We know that all [Kiev] military units in Debaltsevo are totally disorganized. People are depressed and desire that it would be over as soon as possible," deputy head of the self-proclaimed Dontesk People's Republic's (DPR) militia Eduard Basurin said at a news briefing in Donetsk.
"We are ready to spare their lives and organize their withdrawal from the Debaltseve cauldron on respectful conditions. Let them surrender their weapons and leave," Basurin said.
- Yes. It is an important step toward reconciliation in Ukraine, and I believe all parties will carry out their commitments.9.1% (165)
- No. It is easy to talk the talk, but I don’t think the warring sides will actually walk the walk.30.4% (550)
- There are still too many obstacles for the implementation of the set measures. Political and military instability in Ukraine will last long after 15 February.60.5% (1097)
An earlier ceasefire agreement reached by the warring sides last September broke down, with clashes intensifying in recent weeks. Debaltseve, one of Ukraine's biggest railroad junctions, has become the site of intense fighting. According to reports, up to 10,000 Ukrainian troops remain surrounded after attempting to recapture the contested town.