Lithuania’s foreign minister has urged India to use its global clout and join Europe in an open condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
After weeks of fierce battle, the important rail hub of Debaltseve fell to rebel forces in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out while the Russia-backed separatists reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.
Intense fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian backed separatists in eastern Ukraine persisted in spite of a ceasefire deal. This threatens to collapse the ceasefire deal which was negotiated by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.