While the 2015 Ukrainian municipal elections were scheduled for October 25, the head of the DVR, Alexander Zakharchenko, adopted a decree on July 2 ordering non-compliance with the local elections to the DVR on October 18.  He stated that this action was “in accordance with the Minsk agreements.”  According to Zakharchenko, this measure meant that the DVR had “begun to implement the Minsk agreements independently.”  Zakharchenko said that the elections would be held “on the basis of the Ukrainian law on the temporary autonomous status of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” as long as they are not contrary to the Constitution and the laws of the DVR.”  The day after the tank invasion, three soldiers were killed when they were attacked by insurgents in Stepanivka. At the meeting, it was agreed that the elections in the conflict zone will be held in accordance with Minsk II.  To do this, French President François Hollande said the elections should be postponed to 2016, as it would take three months to prepare for them.  Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared himself ready to use his influence to prevent the DVR and the LPR from holding early elections.  As a result, the DVR and the LPR announced on October 6 that their scheduled elections had been postponed to February 21, 2016.  On October 25, 2015, municipal elections were held in the rest of Ukraine. After the postponement, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that if OSCE observers verified that the planned elections in the separatist regions were in accordance with Ukrainian legislation and Minsk II, the “special status law” for these territories would enter into force immediately.  The agreement was drawn up by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, composed of representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE.  The group was established in June to facilitate dialogue and conflict resolution in eastern and southern Ukraine. Meetings of the group were held on 31 July, 26 August, 1 September and 5 September 2014 with informal representatives of the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People`s Republics. The details of the agreement signed on September 5, 2014, largely resembled Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko`s “fifteen-point peace plan” of June 20. .