The story’s been filtering through on the wires while I’ve been doing the wrap and now highlighted in the comments by Yet Another Ryan

It appears a small group of Russian military have been sent in to secure a peace deal at the request of the Ukraine’s head of general staff according to reports on IFX. The troops will work with OSCE on defusing the conflict so says a Russian general

All a bit strange and meanwhile the Ukraine econ min says they want an expansion of the IMF loan programme and an envoy at peace talks says a new meeting of contact group not possible because rebels have not observed full ceasefire

Curioiuser and curiouser, said Alice

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