: Fighting spikes in Ukraine as unity over European economic sanctions begins to fray

17:26 Apr. 29, 2016

Fighting spikes in Ukraine as unity over European economic sanctions begins to fray

Armed pro-Russian separatists walk on a street in the Zaytseve village of Donetsk area, Ukraine on March 14, 2016. (Getty Images)

Ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine have reached 'worrying levels'

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has spiked in line with the increase in ceasefire violations there, international monitors said Thursday. The escalation has come as European countries debate whether to continue their economic sanctions on Russia over the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, International Business Times reports.

Read also European businessmen complain about sanctions on Russia

"During the past weeks, the [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE] has registered the highest number of ceasefire violations in months," AFP quoted chief monitor Ertuğrul Apakan as saying. "Armed violence in eastern Ukraine has once again reached worrying levels."

Watch also Russia lost USD 250 billion during two years under sanctions

"A sustainable ceasefire is of central importance to the further implementation of the Minsk agreements," Apakan said. "Now is the time for the sides to show visible and decisive action to restore it."

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