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    The warring parties should adhere to the Minsk agreements to put an end to violence.

    The sides currently have a real chance for a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis on the basis of the Minsk agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

    "Today there is a real chance of a peaceful settlement on the basis of the Minsk agreements," Lavrov said at a meeting of the World Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots.

    He underscored the importance of complete and consistent implementation of the Minsk measures.

    "The key factor is to establish a direct, stable dialogue of the Ukrainian authorities with Donetsk and Lugansk."

    Lavrov added that the Ukrainian crisis as well as "the Western anti-Russia campaign including the illegitimate unilateral sanctions" has been a test of strength for Russian compatriots abroad.

    The conflict in Donbass erupted in April 2014, when Kiev authorities launched a military operation against local independence supporters who rejected the legitimacy of the new power.

    On February 12, the conflict parties in Minsk agreed on a set of measures aimed at ending the hostilities. However, clashes continue.

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

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