Although fighting generally subsided after the ceasefire came into force on 15 February at 0:00 EET, skirmishes and shooting continued in several parts of the conflict zone.  Gunfire and fighting continued in Debaltseve, with DPR chief Alexander Zakhartchenko saying the ceasefire did not apply to the area.  South of Donetsk Oblast, fighting continued between DPR troops and members of the Azov Battalion in villages near Marioupol.   On 16 February, Minsk II appeared to be on the brink of collapse.   The separatists continued a severe attack on Debaltsewe. Both sides said they would not withdraw heavy weapons during the fighting in Debalzewe, as stipulated in the agreement.  Reuters called the ceasefire in Debalzewe a “stillborn.  Ukrainian forces were forced to withdraw from Debaltseve on 18 February and let the separatists take control of the city.  In the midst of severely reduced violence, following the agreement on 1 September on the implementation of Minsk II, the Normandy Four met on 2 October. At the meeting, it was agreed that the elections will be held in the conflict zone, in accordance with Minsk II. On that date, French President Francois Hollande said that the elections should be postponed to 2016, as it would take three months to prepare them.  Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to use his influence to prevent the DPR and LPR from holding early elections.  As a result, the DPR and LPR announced on 6 October that their scheduled elections had been postponed to 21 February 2016.  Municipal elections in the rest of Ukraine continued on 25 October 2015. After the postponement, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that if OSCE observers verified that the elections scheduled in the separatist regions were in line with Ukrainian law and Minsk II, the “Special Status Act” of those territories would immediately come into force.  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 following 5 Representatives signed the document: On April 18, 2016, the scheduled municipal elections (organized by the DPR and LPR) of April 20, 2016 were postponed to July 24, 2016.  On 22 July 2016, these DPR and LPR elections were again postponed until 6 November 2016.  On October 2, 2016, the DPR and LPR held “primaries” in which voters nominated candidates for the November 6, 2016 elections.  Ukraine has condemned these “primaries” as illegal.  On November 4, 2016, both DPR and LPR postponed their municipal elections “until further notice”; The head of the DPR, Mr Zakhartchenko, added: “In 2017, we will hold elections under the Minsk agreements, or we will hold them independently.” [Citation required] The Ukrainian Parliament approved on 17 March a law on the “special status” for the Donbass, as it did in Minsk II  Later, in 2019, the Ukrainian Parliament voted on Thursday to extend the rules providing for limited autonomy to separatist-controlled eastern regions, a precondition for an agreement to settle the five-year conflict.  The law was immediately criticized by Ukrainian politicians, separatist leaders and the Russian government.