14:59 Apr. 29, 2016
Ceasefire violations in the eastern Donetsk region reached worrying levels
Ukraine told the UN Security Council that its cease-fire with separatists in the east must be strengthened before progress can be achieved on a political solution to the two-year conflict.
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Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko suggested the Orthodox Easter holiday this weekend might provide an opportunity to shore up the truce after a surge of violations in recent months.
"If we can start with that, we can then proceed to withdrawal of forces and resolving of all the problems - demining, humanitarian problems - all the way down to a political resolution," Prystaiko told the council on April 28.
It was the first Security Council meeting on Ukraine since December. Ukraine requested the meeting to discuss cease-fire violations in the eastern Donetsk region that OSCE monitors say have reached worrying levels over the past few weeks.
Ukraine detailed accusations that Russia is providing military backing for the separatists, a claim Moscow rejects.
"Russia has organized and deployed in Donbas a 34,000-strong hybrid military force consisting of regular Russian troops as well as of foreign and local militants," Prystaiko said.