Putin expressed concern about a bill recently passed by the Ukrainian parliament, paving the way for regional elections in 20220, and said it went “against the Minsk agreements” and endangered “the prospects for colonization,” the Kremlin said. The ceasefire agreement was welcomed by European Union officials. The new package, commonly known as “Minsk II,” has been criticized as “highly complicated” and “extremely fragile,” and very similar to the failed Minsk Protocol.    The New York Times reported that the plan contained “a few stumbling wires,” such as for example. B the non-delimitation of control of the town of Debaltséwe, which was the site of the most violent fighting at the time of the drawing up of the plan.   Following the Minsk talks, Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande and President Poroshenko attended a European Union (EU) summit in Brussels.  At the summit, the Minsk participants briefed the EU Heads of State and Government on the discussions. At the briefing, they said president Putin had tried to delay the implementation of a ceasefire by ten days to force Debaltsewe`s Ukrainian troops to abandon their positions. For his part, President Putin said Debaltsévé`s defenders were surrounded and that the separatists expected them to “lay down their arms and stop the resistance.”  Andrey Kolesnikov, a journalist for Kommersant, wrote that the implementation of the ceasefire in Debaltsevé depended on whether Ukrainian forces were actually surrounded or not: “First of all, does it exist or not? Vladimir Putin insisted that there be [the encirclement] and that if a ceasefire agreement is reached, it will be strange if it is not violated: those who are in the boiler will certainly try to get out of it; Those who boiled this boiler will try to pick up the foam.”  The regime of a complete and complete ceasefire, if respected by the other side, is a prerequisite for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which paves the way for the implementation of other provisions of these agreements. . . .