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Ukraine Cease-Fire Holds Even as Year-End Peace Deadline Fades

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The cease-fire between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists in the east of the country is holding even though the lack of progress in withdrawing weapons and organizing elections means a year-end deadline for full implementation of the Minsk peace accords will slide.

This was the assessment French President Francois Hollande delivered at a news conference after a meeting in Paris with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.