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Ukraine signs key agreement with pro-Russia separatists, Russia and European monitors
President Zelenskiy told reporters in Kyiv that Ukraine agreed to a ["]local election["] only when Ukraine regains control of its borders with Russia. The president has faced criticism that Ukraine is giving concessions to Moscow and for following a policy of appeasement with Russia.
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The government of Ukraine and the separatists agreed that the election will be valid if European observers from Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) determined that they were conducted freely and fairly.

Pro-Russia separatists are seeking a special status allowing for self-governance in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, large parts of which have been under separatist control since April 2014.
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The election agreement has been seen as paving the way for a SUMMIT between Zelenskiy, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the leaders of France and Germany. Russia had previously refused such a meeting, unless Ukraine agreed to hold a local election in the Donbass region.

Ukraine publishes text of Steinmeier formula

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