U.S. supports Ukraine in efforts to fully implement ceasefire in Donbas
The United States says it strongly supports Ukraine in its determined efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Donbas.
"The United States strongly supports Ukraine in its determined efforts to fully implement a ceasefire. We are hopeful that reality on the ground will fully reflect the ceasefire called for in the Minsk agreements, as additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group take effect July 27," the Embassy of the United States in Ukraine wrote on Twitter on July 26, 2020.
"Compliance with a ceasefire would bring respite to civilian communities affected by over six years of violence and open the path for a full and comprehensive settlement of the Russia-created conflict in eastern Ukraine," it said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, a new ceasefire regime, which had been agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group during Minsk peace talks, began to operate in Donbas from 00:01 Kyiv time on July 27.
Before the new agreements came into force, President Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Senior military officers and President Zelensky say the new truce does not mean that the Ukrainian military will not be able to return fire in response to enemy attacks.