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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    The Minsk accord is the only available road map toward the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Monday.

    HELSINKI (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — Niinisto was speaking at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) session underway in Helsinki, in which the Russian delegation is not participating because they were denied visas by the Finnish authorities.

    "The Minsk peace plan is the only available road map towards the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. We should all support the plan and even more important that the plan is fully implemented," Niinisto said addressing the OSCE PA.

    The Finnish president stressed that the most urgent task is to end the violence in Ukraine, as all the parties to the conflict are suffering from the ongoing hostilities.

    "Neither Europe, nor Russia, not to even mention the people of Ukraine, will gain from this situation. We need to stop the situation from worsening," he added.

    The February Minsk peace accord, hammered out by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France and signed by representatives of the Kiev authorities and independence supporters of the Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway regions, specified the steps required to deescalate the Donbass conflict.

    A ceasefire and the pullout of heavy weaponry from the line of contact between the warring sides were among the key provisions stipulated in the agreement, however, fighting in the region persists.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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