France welcomes the comprehensive agreement concluded by the parties concerned on 17 July in Minsk on a comprehensive, lasting and unlimited ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, to enter into force on 21 July.

This commitment must now be implemented concretely on the ground to benefit civilian populations.

Additional progress in the area of security is needed to definitively end the violence, notably through the implementation of commitments on the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the disengagement of forces, and mine clearance. The Minsk agreements are the accepted basis for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine and must be implemented in their entirety.

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