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 US expects Donbas cease-fire to last after holidays

The United States welcomes the trilateral contact group’s announcement of an agreement for a holiday cease-fire in eastern Ukraine set to begin on Dec. 24 at midnight.

Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of State's press office.

"The United States welcomes the trilateral contact group's announcement of an agreement for a holiday cease-fire in eastern Ukraine set to begin on Christmas Eve at midnight. We hope that the cease-fire will mark the beginning of sustained quiet at the line of contact to allow Ukrainians on both sides of the line to live in peace and security," Kirby said.

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The spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State reiterated deep concern over the recent spike in violence in eastern Ukraine in which combined Russian-separatist forces have launched daily attacks on Ukrainian positions using heavy weaponry prohibited by the Minsk agreements.

"Once again, we urge Russia to use its influence with the separatists to turn down the violence, as it has done successfully numerous times in the past, and allow access for OSCE monitors. This will relieve the humanitarian suffering in eastern Ukraine, and it will create space for further progress on the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Kirby summed up on Ukraine.

As reported, Trilateral Group of Donbas conflict settlement agreed on cease-fire effective midnight of Dec. 24.

 
 
 
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