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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Separatists keep West guessing

Kiev is accusing the pro-Russian separatists of continuing to fire at Ukrainian targets and on Monday retracted plans to withdraw heavy weapons for the time being. The West can't figure out what the separatists are up to, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad concludes: "The separatists and their partners in Russia continue to play a dangerous game. Their behaviour clearly contradicts the Minsk agreement. On the other hand they're ensuring that the last rays of hope in the West don't fade away completely. In the meantime an exchange of prisoners has taken place, and the separatists have said that they've begun withdrawing their heavy weapons. In this way the West remains divided about whether the agreement is simply worthless or attempts should be made to save what can be saved."

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