Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine

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As of Monday, July 27, a ceasefire comes into effect to suspend the military conflict between Ukrainian forces and rebels backed by Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by phone about the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the two presidencies announced on Sunday (July 26th). Heads of state expressed support for the ceasefire in the region as of Monday.

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It will help suspend the military conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels, which has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014. “The leaders agreed on the urgent need to put in place additional measures to support the ceasefire in the Donbass”, in particular specified the office of Volodymyr Zelensky, with reference to the east of Ukraine.

According to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin told his counterpart that Ukraine’s decision to hold regional elections in 2020 was at odds with the Minsk peace accords. These aim to resolve the conflict that erupted in 2014 between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists after Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula. Kiev plans to hold local elections in October across the country, with the exception of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

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For their part, Volodymyr Zelensky’s services let it be known that the Ukrainian president had told Vladimir Putin that new measures were necessary to release Ukrainian citizens detained in the east of the country, in Crimea and in Russia.

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