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Minsk Deal Legitimizes Ugly Facts on the Ground, Critics Say

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 are touting the importance of a full implementation of the Minsk agreement, critics say that the peace deal is a way to legitimize ugly facts on the ground. The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are scheduled to meet...

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