: US State Department concerned as number of Donbas casualties on the rise

11:55 Jul. 20, 2016

US State Department concerned as number of Donbas casualties on the rise

US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner holds a press statement in Washington on June 29, 2015 (Getty Images)

Ukraine on the agenda of Kerry's talks in London

Washington voiced concern over the ongoing violence in Ukraine's Donbas and failing Minsk peace agreements still waiting to be implemented by Russia.

"On July 18th, there were some series of attacks in eastern Ukraine that frankly raises concerns anew. I think that seven members of Ukrainian armed forces were killed and 14 were injured. This is the highest number of casualties on a single day in the past year, and it endangers the ceasefire and Minsk implementation," US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said at a daily press briefing in Washington on July 19.

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He reminded that last week US State Secretary John Kerry was in Moscow, and "did talk with Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov and President Putin about the need to fully implement Minsk to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine."

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Toner added that Ukraine conflict will also be on the agenda of Kerry's talks with British FM Boris Johnson and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

"Frankly, Ukraine is always a topic of discussion and where we stand in terms of ongoing violence but also in terms of implementing Minsk," he said.


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