Critics Say Minsk Deal Legitimizes Ugly Facts on the Ground

March 02, 2016 02:03 PM
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Western and Russian diplomats are meeting this week to discuss ways to defuse the conflicts in Eastern Ukraine, where fighting continues between Russia-backed separatists and government forces despite attempts for a truce. While top U.S. officials such as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are touting the importance of a full implementation of the Minsk agreement, critics say that peace deal is a way to legitimize ugly facts on the ground.