Ukraine to appeal to Normandy Four states over intensified shelling in Donbas – FM Prystaiko
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has announced that Ukraine as part of the Normandy Four will appeal to Germany, France, and Russia due to intensified shelling of Ukrainian positions in Russian-occupied Donbas.
"We've discussed this with the new OSCE Chairman-in-Office. And what does it mean in general? Is it an attempt to disrupt the [Donbas settlement] process or a coincidence of many of the factors that led to the boost in the shelling?" the top diplomat told a press conference in Kyiv January 20.
Prystaiko says Ukraine is concerned about the latest escalation in Donbas and intensified attacks on Ukrainian Army positions by Russian occupation forces.
In this regard, the foreign minister believes it is necessary for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to observe the situation twenty-four seven, as well as to strengthen technical capabilities of their monitors.
"Let's see if this process is able to lead to a result we are all seeking. I think that there will be Ukraine's reaction to this shelling. We will try to urgently contact our partners in the Normandy [Four], as we really see, just like you, that the agreements aren't working," he added.
Russia's hybrid military forces on January 19 attacked Ukrainian Army positions 11 times, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action.