DONETSK (Sputnik) – The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said Tuesday he hopes the conflict in eastern Ukraine would conclude by the end of 2016.
“I hope this year, but this isn’t a fact. We’re trying to solve [the crisis] peacefully,” Zakharchenko said.
The Minsk deal on Ukraine's reconciliation was struck in February 2015 by Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France and later signed by Kiev and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Both warring parties have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce despite agreeing to the ceasefire deal.