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 US Department of State disturbed by uptick in cease-fire violations in Donbas

The U.S. authorities have expressed concern about the bursts of military activity in the Donbas on the part of the Russia-backed separatists and called on Moscow to observe the Minsk agreements.

U.S. Department of State Spokesperson John Kirby told to a press briefing on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports.

"We are disturbed by an uptick in cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine over the past two weeks," Kirby said.

"Throughout Donetsk and Luhansk, separatists have repeatedly attacked Ukrainian forces with small arms, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft weapons, and high-caliber machine guns," he stressed.

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According to him, this violence endangers the cease-fire and the Minsk agreements implementation, which the United States considers the right path to restore peace to the lives of innocent civilians, who have suffered grievously from Russia's aggression in eastern Ukraine.

"We call on Russia and the separatists to end the violence and to live up to their Minsk commitments," the U.S. Department of State spokesperson said.

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