12:49 Jul. 29, 2016
New shipment of arms contributes to the worsening of situation in Donbas
The arrival of new Russian military equipment to the Ukrainian territory is among main reasons for the escalation of conflict in eastern Ukraine. The US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt stated this during the interview with European journalists as part of the Brussels Media Hub project.
He stressed that ongoing Russian violation of the Minsk Agreements destabilizes the situation in eastern Ukraine.
"And as we were reminded by the capture of a Russian soldier and Russian origin ammunition this weekend, Russia continues to fuel the conflict here with the military equipment that it is sending across Ukraine's sovereign international border", Pyatt stated.
The US Ambassador have also mentioned that in his opinion Ukraine fulfills its Minsk obligations significantly better than Russia.
"The road map to a solution of this terrible war lies in the full implementation of the Minsk Agreement. Ukraine is implementing Minsk. Russia and its proxies are not. That's very clear from our standpoint", he added.
Ukrainian military commanders reported that over the last 24 hours the Russian-backed militants fired at the Ukrainian positions 56 times. At least 33 attacks occurred in Donetsk direction, while other 21 – in Mariupol area.