German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will travel to Moscow on Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on new initiatives to resolve the deadly Ukrainian standoff.
The Minsk Protocol was signed after extensive talks between representatives of Kiev authorities, Russia, and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on September 5, 2014.
The deal stipulated the creation of a 30-kilometer (19-mile) buffer zone along the line of contact, the withdrawal of heavy artillery from residential areas and an end to offensive operations, among other provisions.
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The meetings between Russian, Ukrainian, French and German leaders come ahead of a major European security conference in Munich, Germany that is expected to be dominated by the Ukrainian agenda.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated earlier that her primary objective was a lasting ceasefire between the Ukrainian army and local militias. Steps to end the bloodshed will be taken during Merkel's visit to Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti.