Censor.NET reports citing U.S. Department of State press service.
"The focus right now is on restoring the cease-fire and getting a stable, sustained cease-fire because that is a precondition for everything else. I think once there's a cease-fire on the Line of Contact, once there's a sustained cease-fire on the Line of Contact, it will be necessary to assess what further enhancement to security is necessary in order to have free and fair elections. But the first step, no matter what, is a cease-fire," Baer said.
The official has also mentioned that the current OSCE SMM is a civilian monitoring mission with unarmed monitors. However, a police mission may be necessary but only after establishment of a sustained cease-fire.
Moreover, Daniel Baer stressed that the situation has gotten dramatically worse over the past weeks.
Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, added that Russia is completely responsible for destabilization of the situation in the Donbas.
"Ukraine has passed an amnesty law. Ukraine has had the first reading of a constitutional amendment. Ukraine has passed a special status law. But it's very clear that Russia has not discharged its obligations. The troops and equipment have not been withdrawn. A cease-fire has not been implemented. All hostages have not been released," Pyatt added.
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