Merkel says has 'no illusions' after Ukraine deal, 'big hurdles' remain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she had "no illusions" after a Ukraine ceasefire deal hammered out at marathon talks in Minsk and that "big hurdles" remained in ending the 10-month conflict in the ex-Soviet country.

Minsk: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she had "no illusions" after a Ukraine ceasefire deal hammered out at marathon talks in Minsk and that "big hurdles" remained in ending the 10-month conflict in the ex-Soviet country.

"We have now a glimmer of hope," she said in the Belarussian capital, according to a statement released by her office. "I have no illusions, we have no illusions," she said adding that "much work" remained.

 

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