In the Eastern Ukraine has been taken on the occasion of the holidays and the new year’s eve, another calls for a ceasefire. The fighting between government troops and Pro-Russian separatists should be set in the night to Saturday.

The Russian coast guard had set the end of November, in the Black sea, the Kerch Strait three Ukrainian boats with a 24-man crew force.

The truce, which was from 00.01 hours on, was not limited in time and should the Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January, there are, according to the organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Similar arrangements existed since the beginning of the fighting between government units and the separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. They were closed for Easter, start of School or at harvest time, and usually within a few hours broken.

Merkel talks in phone call with Putin for Ukrainian seafarers

in 2015, the agreed peace plan, which should lead to a permanent ceasefire is on ice. In the conflict more than 10,000 people have been killed according to UN figures already.

Germany and France welcomed the agreement. The upcoming holidays should be “the occasion for the sides to focus on the needs of the civilian population,” it said in a joint statement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

In a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Merkel spoke again for the release of the arrested Ukrainian sailors, as the Deputy spokesperson of the Federal government, Ulrike Demmer, announced on free evening in Berlin.


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