The Minsk II agreements were described by French President Francois Hollande as the “last chance” to avoid total war in Europe. The leaders of Europe, had hoped that with enough diplomatic effort they could find a mutually agreeable solution to the conflict, and hopefully ‘freeze’ it in place. After more than 16 hours of negotiation, Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel and Hollande emerged from the negotiating room in the Belarussian capital, Minsk, and announced their new agreement. This involved a ceasefire in three days time (00:00 on the 15th of February) and then a gradual withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line. Crucially, it did not include in details on what was to become of the Ukrainian troops trapped around the city of Debaltseve.