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 Russia must stop providing arms and equipment to separatist forces - David Lidington

On the anniversary of the signing of the first Minsk deal, British Minister for Europe David Lidington has called for a full and lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing Evropeiska pravda

"Throughout the last year we have seen repeated violations of the cease-fire and repeated obstruction of the work of the OSCE monitoring mission. The withdrawal of heavy weapons that has been agreed must actually take place, and the OSCE monitors must be given full and secure access to carry out their crucial role. Russia must stop providing arms and equipment to separatist forces and must withdraw its own forces from eastern Ukraine. Without such steps, the appalling suffering of ordinary Ukrainians living in the Donbas will continue, Lidington said

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"The Minsk agreements are not just about cease-fire. They are designed to allow Ukraine to regain control of its territory and border. They provide the path to a political resolution of the current crisis. I welcome the progress that Ukraine has made in recent weeks to take forward challenging and vital constitutional reform, including decentralisation. I welcome the political commitment shown by the Government of Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreement. It is important that MPs and wider Ukrainian society continue to debate these and other critically important issues for Ukraine's future openly, honestly and peacefully. There must be no repeat of the deplorable violence outside the Rada on 31 Aug.. I urge all sides to engage constructively in the Trilateral Contact Group to ensure progress on the ground," British Minister for Europe David Lidington concluded.

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