Updated 9:36 p.m. Moscow Time
MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti) - The result of the Minsk Protocol on the implementation of the peace plan was the establishment of the ceasefire along a significant part of the line of contact in Ukraine's Donbas, the country's President Petro Poroshenko stated Sunday.
"In September, almost a month ago, a protocol on the implementation of the Peace plan of the President of Ukraine was adopted... The ceasefire regime is set along a significant portion of the contact line," the presidential address said.
The armed conflict in Ukraine started in April, when Kiev authorities launched a military operation against independence supporters in the southeastern regions of the country.
On September 5, a ceasefire agreement was signed between the two conflicting sides during the meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
On September 19, a memorandum, specifying the ceasefire, was drawn up by the Contact Group. The memorandum stipulated the creation of a 30-kilometer (18-mile) buffer zone, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from residential areas and the deployment of an OSCE monitoring mission in southeastern Ukraine.