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 Situation in Eastern Ukraine remains tense - United Nations

Despite a reduction in clashes following the recent ceasefire agreement, the situation in eastern Ukraine remained “tense and volatile”, characterized by widespread human rights violations and a deteriorating humanitarian situation.

Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, said at a regular meeting of the UN Security Council, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

'Since the beginning of the ceasefire on Sept.1, fighting had generally subsided throughout the conflict zone, but in recent weeks, sporadic clashes had resumed with varying degrees of intensity around parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The parties had begun to implement the agreement to withdraw so-called "lighter" weapons from the contact line, yet the process remained incomplete," Eliasson warned, noting that the conflict zone remained highly militarized, with a danger of serious escalation.

"The Minsk Agreements remain the best available viable and accepted path to resolving the conflict," he said, stressing that they must be implemented in full, and that all parties must work without delay towards a durable political solution.

Read more: Militants attacked Ukrainian soldiers more than 13.5 thousand times since Minsk Agreements were signed - Klimkin

At the same time, Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's Minister for Foreign Affairs, declared that pro-Russian militants fired at the ATO forces' positions more than 13 thousand times since the signing of the Minsk Agreements on Feb. 12, 2015. "Let's use the chance of the Minsk Agreements before it slips away," he added and called for "coherent international action" which will end the 'madness' in the east of Ukraine.

Almost 300 days had passed since the adoption of Council resolution 2202 (2015), which unanimously endorsed the Minsk agreements, and a final political solution is not yet in sight.
 
 
 
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