It was important for the president of Ukraine to reach an agreement on the ceasefire in the war-torn eastern part of the country.
With an agreement on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is the first small step taken towards a normalization of the situation in the conflict-torn region.
It explains the senior researcher and Russia expert Flemming Splidsboel Hansen from the Danish Institute for International Studies.
- We can well hope that the ceasefire will enter into force. It will then be fragile, and it will probably be naive to believe that it can keep for long. But maybe there will be a breakthrough this time, he says.
- But of course, we must be prepared that the ceasefire will be broken.
the Ceasefire was agreed on Monday at a summit in Paris between Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, and Ukraine's leader, Volodymyr Zelenskij.
They agreed that it should enter into force before the end of the year.
Also in 2015 reached Russia and Ukraine, an agreement on the ceasefire, but before long sounded skudsalverne in the east of Ukraine again.
The current agreement is particularly important for the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskij, explains Flemming Splidsboel Hansen.
Zelenskij was installed as the country's president in may and has promised his voters to work for a breakthrough in the tense situation in the Østukraine.
- It was essential for the Zelenskij to come home with an agreement. It was not so important for Putin. I think Putin has decided that he will try to play with and see what happens, says Flemming Splidsboel Hansen.
He describes that Vladimir Putin so tired and don't care out at the beginning of the meeting on Monday in Paris. It was held together with the president of France, Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel.
There was, however, not in advance waiting any comprehensive agreement about peace.
- He could hardly keep his eyes open, so uninteresting it was for him.
in Addition to a ceasefire, the agreement covers a withdrawal of forces from the Ukrainian conflict in march 2020, as well as the exchange of prisoners.
the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke in earnest in march 2014, when Russia annexed the peninsula of Crimea.
Prorussere did at the same time the rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
Then declared prorussiske separatists in Østukraine autonomy and created folkerepublikker in Donetsk and Lugansk.
/ritzau/Updated Date: 10 December 2019, 08:00