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 US expects Russia, as initiator of Donbas conflict, to withdraw troops, - US ambassador to OSCE

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Despite Ukraine's progress in the political package of measures within the Minsk agreements, Moscow does not fulfill even the first provision of the document - securing stable cease-fire.

This was stated by Chargé d'Affaires Harry R. Kamian in his address to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

The Ukrainian government has implemented numerous political steps as stipulated by the Minsk agreements, including the most recent legislative activities on providing "special status" to the eastern areas of the Donbas after acceptable local elections, Kamian said. However, the Russian Federation was not able to support even the first step, the real and sustainable cease-fire, the U.S. representative said.

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Kamian noted that Russia's activities go against the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements. The situation remains fragile and unpredictable, and the risk of repeated escalation remains high, the U.S. diplomat said.

He said the OSCE SMM in Ukraine recorded sharp increase in the number of daily violations of the cease-fire in the Donbas since Oct. 11. On Oct. 14, the monitors witnessed a record number of explosions in the area - up to 300 during one day.

The United States expects that Russia, as a party that initiated the conflict, withdraws its troops, Kamian said.
 
 
 
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