News Politics, 22/12/2017

EU Denounces Hostilities Intensified in the East of Ukraine

The European External Action Service is concerned about the recent deterioration of the humanitarian and security situation in eastern Ukraine.

The spokesperson of the EEAS noted on December 20 that they observed the highest number of ceasefire violations since February 2017. As a result, the shellings ruin buildings and kill innocent people. Substantial efforts are needed to protect water supplies and energy infrastructure.

Currently, ATO press center informs that the Russian forces continue violating the cease-fire by way of targeted shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine positions, using weapons, banned by the Minsk agreements. In particular, the enemy uses mortars, heavy artillery and tanks.

At the same time, the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk agreed this week to a renewed ceasefire in Donbas for the holiday period, beginning from midnight December 23, 2017.

The EEAS insists it is crucial that the Minsk agreements are implemented by all sides. They call Russia in particular “to make full and immediate use of its influence on the separatists in this regard.”

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: ATO press center