This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Censor.NET reports citing TASS.
"This was not the best night of my life, but the morning, I believe, is good. This is because, despite the difficult negotiations, we finally managed to agree on the key issues.
"Incidentally, you might wonder why the negotiations took so long. In my opinion, this was because unfortunately the Kiev authorities still refuse to have direct contacts with representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics. Even though they have not been recognised, we have to proceed from the realities of life and if everyone wishes to achieve an agreement on establishing long-term relations, direct contacts are essential.
"We operated under the existing conditions and, in my view, have managed to agree on many things. The first is that we agreed on a ceasefire to begin at midnight on February 15. The second item that I find extremely important is the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the current line of confrontation for Ukrainian troops and from the line established on September 19, 2014 in Minsk for the Donbass self-defence forces.
"Then comes a set of matters dealing with a long-term political settlement. This includes several items, the first being a constitutional reform that should take into consideration the lawful interests of the people residing on the territory of Donbass.
"This is followed by matters dealing with a solution to border issues upon agreement with the Donbass militia, humanitarian issues, and the implementation of the earlier adopted law on the special status of the Donetsk and Lugansk territories.
"Finally, there is a set of economic and humanitarian items," Putin stated.
"A document was has just been signed by the Minsk contact group. It is called a set of measures aimed at the implementation of the Minsk agreements, something like that," Putin said, having difficulty remembering the exact title of the document.
According to him, "the second document does not need to be signed. It is a statement of the French President, the President of Ukraine, your humble servant and the German Chancellor that we support this process."
The first document is called a "A set of measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreement." It contains 13 items, the first of which states: "Immediate and comprehensive cease-fire in specific areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine and its strict implementation, beginning at 12:00 a.m. Kyiv time Feb.15, 2015."