Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has commented on the escalation in Donbas.
The minister called enemy provocations, as a result of which one Ukrainian soldier was killed and another one was wounded, "obvious attempts to disrupt the ceasefire and create significant obstacles to the peace process."
"I emphasize: Ukraine stands for unconditional and strict observance of the ceasefire. The path to peace and the end of occupation of our territories is thorny, but it begins exactly when the weapon is silent," he wrote on Facebook.
Read alsoRussian-controlled forces breach truce in Donbas, Ukrainian soldier killed (UPDATED)Kuleba reiterated Ukraine had already activated a coordination mechanism to respond to ceasefire violations with the assistance of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire and stabilization along the contact line in Donbas and informed the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine about the incident.
"In addition, I have initiated an urgent conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the current situation and ways out of it," the minister said.
Donbas ceasefire: background
- Participants in the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE) on the peace settlement in Donbas on July 22 agreed on a full and comprehensive ceasefire along the contact line from 00:01 on Monday, July 27.
- The new ceasefire regime was enforced at 00:01 Kyiv time on July 27.
- On the very first day of the newly-agreed truce, Russia's hybrid military forces mounted three attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
- On September 6, Russian Federation's armed formations violated ceasefire agreements reached on July 22. One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another one was wounded as a result of the shelling.