On March 2, 2016, michael Carpenter, head of the U.S. Department of Defense, said that at least 430 Ukrainian soldiers had died since the signing of Minsk II, that Russia had “command and control ties” on the DPR and LPR, and that Russia was dumping “heavy weapons” into the Donbass.  The deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine Alexander Hug said on 25 March 2016 that from the beginning of the conflict, the OSCE had observed “armed persons with Russian insignia” in the Donbass in combat, that they had spoken to prisoners who said they were Russian soldiers and that they had “seen traces of tires , not the vehicles themselves, but the tracks of vehicles crossing the Russian border.”  Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on 27 March 2016 that Russia “is not a party to the Minsk agreements” and that the agreements are “two opposing sides.”  However, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe states that the Minsk Protocol also includes the release of hostages who have been abducted from Ukrainian territory and are being held illegally in Russia. B as Nadia Savchenko and Oleg Sentsov.  While the 2015 municipal elections in Ukraine were scheduled for 25 October, DPR leader Alexander Zakhartchenko adopted a decree on 2 July ordering the mailing election on 18 October.  He stated that this measure was “in accordance with the Minsk agreements”.  According to Zakharchenko, this meant that the DPR had “started to implement the Minsk agreements independently”.  Zakharchenko stated that the elections would be held “on the basis of The Ukrainian Law on the Status of Temporary Self-Domination of Certain Districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions”, as they were not in contradiction with the DPR Constitution and laws.  The text of the protocol consists of twelve points: The agreement was drawn up by the trilateral contact group for Ukraine, made up of representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE.  The group was established in June to facilitate dialogue and conflict resolution in eastern and southern Ukraine. On 31 July, 26 August, 1 September and 5 September 2014 informal meetings of the group and informal representatives of the separatist People`s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk took place.
The details of the agreement signed on 5 September 2014 were largely similar to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko`s “15-point peace plan” of 20 June 2014. The following representatives signed the document: In the midst of a major reduction in violence, following an agreement to resume the implementation of Minsk II concluded on 1 September, the Four Normandy held a meeting on 2 October.