In a joint news conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Ukrainian officials for proposing a peace plan that includes "serious and substantive dialogue with the Russian-backed separatists."
Russian President Vladimir Putin "can make a huge difference if he chooses to," Kerry said.
He noted that Russia continues to supply weapons, finance and people across the border. "We can see it, and there is a clear evidence of this. Now we have evidence of artillery and rocket fire from Russia to Ukraine. And when the Russians say that they want to de-escalate the conflict, their actions do not show evidence that they really have a desire to put an end to violence and bloodshed, " the Secretary of State, according to UNIAN.
Kerry noted that as a result the Russian-backed separatists "refuse to lay down their arms and become part of the political process… The separatists will continue to do so if they do not feel pressure from the side of their Russian support," he sais.