12:57 Dec. 2, 2016
U.S. Ambassador to OSCE says Russia escalates tensions in Donbas to wrest concessions from Ukraine by force
Russia has resorted to the tactics of deliberate escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine, which makes political progress on the Minsk agreements all the more difficult to achieve. This was stated by U.S. Ambassador to OSCE Daniel B. Baer at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday, Ukrinform reports.
"Russia has escalated tensions on the line of contact in an attempt to wrest concessions from Ukraine by force," Baer said.
He pointed that fighting makes political progress on the Minsk agreements all the more difficult to achieve.
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"If Russia truly wants agreement on modalities for local elections, on amnesty, on special status, and on decentralization, the way forward is clear: stop attacking Ukrainian forces, withdraw heavy weapons, and grant full access to the SMM throughout Ukraine, including the region along the border with Russia," Baer stressed.
He also emphasized that combined Russian-separatist forces repeatedly launch similar attacks throughout eastern Ukraine, and this is the Russian leadership that is responsible for these actions.
As UT informed, today Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist operation HQ reported about mortar shelling along the whole Donbas frontline, at least one Ukrainian soldier killed in action.