U.S. concerns about uptick in ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine
The U.S. Department of State says that Washington is concerned about an uptick in ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine over the past two weeks.
"On Ukraine, while we welcome the recent pullback of some heavy weapons from the line of contact, we are disturbed by an uptick in ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine over the past two weeks. Throughout Donetsk and Luhansk, separatists have repeatedly attacked Ukrainian forces with small arms, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft weapons, and high-caliber machine guns," U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said at a daily press briefing in Washington, DC, on November 4.
"This violence endangers the ceasefire and Minsk implementation, which is the right path – as we have said before – to restore peace to the lives of innocent civilians who have suffered grievously from Russia's aggression in eastern Ukraine. We call on Russia and the separatists to end the violence and to live up to their Minsk commitments," he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 12 times overnight, using grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.