The leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia agreed to draw up a road map by the end of next month to carry out the Minsk peace agreement for eastern Ukraine. After six hours of talks on the wars in Ukraine and Syria on October 19-20 in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged to say the leaders “didn’t achieve miracles,” but the road map would enable all sides to keep pushing ahead with the 2015 Minsk peace agreement. The leaders also discussed creating zones of disengagement between the warring parties in eastern Ukraine, as well as measures to improve the humanitarian situation there, she said. “It’s urgently necessary to keep having such talks in order not to lose momentum,” said Ms. Merkel. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the road map “should have the sequence of the implementation of the Minsk agreements and guarantee their implementation.”
He also said the leaders agreed to withdrawals of Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in four new areas on the front line of the fighting in the Donbas region.