As reported by Censor.NET citing The Guardian, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it as he arrived at an EU foreign affairs council meeting in Brussels on Monday.
Johnson argues the British government will insist on the EU maintaining its sanctions on Russia and that there is "no case for relaxation."
The minister said he would be talking with his fellow EU foreign ministers about the "recent upsurge in violence" in east Ukraine but that the UK's position had not softened.
The recent spike in hostilities in the vicinity of Avdiivka was registered on Sunday morning, Jan. 29.
After two days of fighting, Ukrainian soldiers managed to take enemy positions and improved their tactical set-up in the area.
In the evening of Jan. 30, a state of emergency was declared in Avdiivka.
Presidential Administration Deputy Head Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said the situation in eastern Ukraine had taken on international importance, and if Russia vetoed the deployment of a U.N. police mission in the Donbas at the next Security Council meeting, it would show its real attitude to the situation.