"Yes, we support it," said Harf, answering a reporter's question.
According to her, Ukrainian forces have a duty to protect its territory and people from military aggression and attacks of the armed pro-Russian separatists. Describing the role of Moscow in the process, she said: "We think that the Russian government has largely been involved in the support of the separatists."
At that, Harf noted that the Ukrainian military show restraint during the active phase of the ATO.
The representative of the State Department also stated that the Secretary of State John Kerry discussed this and other issues with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko by telephone the day before.
They talked about the situation in Ukraine and the ceasefire. Kerry also expressed the support of the U.S. for the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian government's efforts to maintain law and order, congratulated the Ukrainian leader's commitment to promote the peace plan, including efforts aimed at amnesty, decentralization of power, political dialogue," Harf said.
According to her, the representatives of the two countries also briefly discussed the matter of what more "the Western partners could do to put pressure on Russia so that it stops supporting the separatists."