Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has responded to the latest escalation in Donbas, where three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another three – injured amid enemy shelling.

Zelensky wished those wounded a speedy recovery and expressed condolences to the families of the fallen troops. Zelensky also appealed to the Russian leadership and chiefs of Russian-led occupiers in the east of Ukraine.

"I'd like to appeal to the leadership of the Russian Federation and the command of its occupation forces in Donbas. The escalation of the conflict is not the best background for resuming negotiations in Minsk. We don't need to once again be reminded of the possibility of escalation of your aggression," the Ukrainian president wrote on Facebook.

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Zelensky stressed today, June 5, he would discuss with European colleagues an open demonstration by Russia of its aggression against Ukraine, while Ukraine's delegation in Minsk will remind about the inadmissibility of attempts to hold dialogue with Ukraine from a position of strength.