"The root of the problem in eastern Ukraine remains unchanged: a gross violation of the Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia, as well as failure to comply with the commitments provided in Minsk," the U.S. official said.
He gave several examples of such violations: "Russia has not withdrawn all illegal armed formations, equipment and militants from Ukraine, and the separatists took advantage of a pause in fighting expanding their territorial control beyond the ceasefire line defined in the Minsk agreement; the separatist attacks increased considerably, especially at the positions around the Donetsk airport, Debaltseve, and Mariupol of the Donetsk region, as well as north-west of Luhansk. Russia continues to violate the Ukrainian airspace with helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles; Russia failed to assist Ukraine in regaining control on the Ukrainian side of the international border and has not allowed to expand the monitoring mission to Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk."
According to Baier, Washington is ready to tighten sanctions against Russia if it continues to escalate the conflict. "The United States continues to support the Minsk agreements and calls for their full implementation. We call on Russia to fulfill its international obligations and immediately stop its illegal actions against Ukraine," the head of the US Mission to the OSCE stated.
On Sept. 5, an agreement on a temporary truce in the war in the east of Ukraine was signed in Minsk. On Sept. 20 a memorandum was signed in Minsk providing for a ceasefire, the establishment of a 30-kilometer buffer zone, a ban on the use of heavy weapons, etc. Despite the agreements, the attacks continued, with casualties of the Ukrainian military in the ATO area.