17:03 Jul. 6, 2016
Diplomat says Moscow is concerned with Kyiv's military build-up in eastern Ukraine
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noticed the "symptoms" of an upcoming Ukrainian military operation in Donbas, which could "zero out" all the efforts, including the ‘Normandy format' talks, aimed at peaceful settlement of the conflict.
This was reported by the ministry's press service after the meeting of Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin with ambassadors of France and Germany.
"Against the background of stalling negotiation process, Moscow is especially concerned over the build-up of Ukrainian Armed Forces and volunteer battalions at the contact line. OSCE SMM [Special Monitoring Mission] observers also note escalation of the situation. It is clear that Ukrainian forces are preparing a military operation," the ministry said in a statement according UNIAN news agency.
Karasin drew the ambassadors' attention to the "inadmissibility of such provocative actions that could nullify international efforts to settle the conflict."
Diplomat added that Moscow expected its "German and French partners could use their influence on Kyiv to prevent a military scenario that threatens to seriously destabilize the region."
The military conflict in parts of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions started after Russia's invasion on Ukrainian territory in mid-April 2014, which followed the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. Since then, Moscow is continuously sending weapons, mercenaries and regular troops to Donbas to fight along separatists against the Ukrainian government forces.