Although fighting generally took its own shape after the ceasefire came into effect on 15 February at 0:00 EET, skirmishes and gunfire continued in several parts of the conflict zone.  Shooting and fighting continued in Debaltsewe, as DVR chief Alexander Zakharchenko said the ceasefire does not apply to this region.  In southern Donetsk Oblast, fighting between DVR forces and members of the Azov battalion continued in villages near Mariupol On February 16, Minsk II appeared to be on the verge of collapse.   The separatists continued a severe attack on Debaltsewe. Both sides said they would not withdraw heavy weapons, as provided for in the agreement, as fighting continued in Debaltsevé.  Reuters called the ceasefire “stillborn” in Debaltsewe.  The Ukrainian armed forces had to withdraw from Debaltsev on February 2, so that the separatist forces had control of the city.  Read thursday a translation of the full text, agreed by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany and signed by pro-Russian separatists. On March 17, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law on the “special status” of Donbass, as provided for in Minsk II.
 Subsequently, in 2019, the Ukrainian parliament voted thursday in favor of extending rules that impose limited autonomy on separatist-controlled eastern regions, a precondition for an agreement to resolve the five-year conflict.  The law was immediately criticized by Ukrainian politicians, separatist leaders, and the Russian government. He added that the DVR should “occupy all the cities where the referendum took place, and then cooperate politically [with Ukraine] as equal partners.”  Despite this, representatives of the DVR and the LPR of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine continued to present peace proposals.  Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on June 8, 2015, that more than 100 soldiers and at least 50 civilians had been killed since Minsk II came into effect. According to him, pro-Russian forces had violated the ceasefire more than 4,000 times.  Contrary to the agreement, DVR representative Denis Pushilin and LPR representative Vladislav Deinego declared on June 10, 2015 that their republics “wish to join the Russian Federation.” In addition, they said they consider Crimea, annexed by Russia in March 2014, to be part of Russia.  9. Restoration by the Ukrainian government of full control of the border of Ukraine in the entire conflict zone, which should begin on the first day after the local elections and end following a comprehensive political settlement (local elections in some regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the basis of Ukrainian law, and constitutional reform) by the end of 2015, subject to the implementation of paragraph 11- with consultations and in the assent of the Commission. with representatives of the different regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the framework of the trilateral contact group. . . .