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. 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.  Ukrainian forces had to withdraw from Debaltsev on February 18, so separatist forces had control of the city.  On April 18, 2016, the scheduled municipal elections (organized by the DVR and the LPR) were postponed from April 20 to July 24, 2016.
 On July 22, 2016, these DVR and LPR elections were again postponed to November 6, 2016.  On October 2, 2016, the DVR and the LPR held “primaries” in which voters nominated candidates for the November 6, 2016 elections.  Ukraine condemned these “primaries” as illegal.  On November 4, 2016, both the DVR and the LPR postponed their municipal elections “until further notice”; DVR chief Zakharchenko added: “In 2017 we will hold elections within the framework of the Minsk agreements or hold them independently.” [Citation required] 9. . . .