Ukraine's Foreign Ministry issues statement condemning Russia's provocations
Ukraine condemns in the strongest terms another Kremlin-manufactured provocation and rejects all accusations, which are completely groundless, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in its statement.
"Under a made up pretext, the Kremlin is undertaking another hybrid special operation with the aim to justify its future aggressive actions against Ukraine," the statement reads.
The ministry says the concentration of Russian weaponry, armaments and military forces in the temporarily occupied territories in Crimea and Donbas as well as along the Ukrainian-Russian border is particularly worrisome. The aggressor state does not limit itself to daily shelling in Donbas but also uses staged sabotage acts in Crimea in an attempt to shift responsibility for its own destructive actions on Ukraine and on its partners, the ministry stressed.
"Ukraine resolutely and consistently condemns terrorism in all its manifestations. Against this background, it should be recalled that since the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine in February 2014, thousands lost their lives – both Ukrainians and foreign nationals - as a result of terrorist acts carried out with the financial, material and technical support of the aggressor state," the ministry said.
In particular, the ministry recalls the downing of the MH17 flight, rocket attacks against Volnovakha, Mariupol, Kramatorsk and other peaceful Ukrainian cities and towns.
Read alsoRussia's FSB announces detention of "Ukrainian spy" allegedly planning attacks in Crimea"Ukraine urges the international community to take all possible political and diplomatic steps to exert influence on the Kremlin in order to prevent a new round of aggression against Ukraine and the ultimate disruption of the Minsk peace process by the Kremlin," the ministry summed up.