Moscow - Russian TV and Ria Novosti are claiming the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has confirmed that the Ukraine is willing to decentralize the country to stop the Russian-backed war in the east.
In fact, reports on the BBC and elsewhere suggest the cease-fire Russia claims was drawn up by President Vladimir Putin may be collapsing.
There have been reports of fresh fighting near Mariupol, a key city in Moscow’s effort to provide unfettered access to Crimea. Government forces there were being shelled by rebels, journalists reported.
Russian TV later on Sunday admitted there were reports of new fighting.
No one answered the phones at the OSCE in Vienna or Kiev on Sunday morning.
There also has been hint that the day-old cease-fire, if it holds, will lead to the withdrawal of any Western sanctions on Russia.
Russian TV said it had received an OSCE document calling on Kiev: “To decentralize power, including through the adoption by Ukraine of law 'on provisional procedure for local government in parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions (law on special status.'”
The document also states, according to Russia TV and Ria Novosti that “ “early local elections” are to be held in light of the special status of both regions. A nationwide vote, presumably approving the special status of these areas also would be held.
It was unclear whether the OSCE was confirming anything more than that Kiev and Moscow had agreed to a peace plan.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told media on Friday that the country would agree to hand over control of its territory to Russian-controlled agents. He also said his forces would not pull back from contested areas because they all remain part of the Ukraine.