Ukraine’s FMA: Russia is not ordering its militants to cease fire
11:44, 20 September 2016

Ukraine’s FMA: Russia is not ordering its militants to cease fire

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine state that the ceasefire was never implemented despite the declared truce and decline of shelling

11:44, 20 September 2016

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Kremlin does not issue its order to militants in Donbas to stop shelling. This was announced by the Director General for Policy and Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleksiy Makeev on air of one of the Ukrainian TV channels.

“We saw that despite the decrease of the intensity of shelling there’s no talking about the ceasefire. And unfortunately, for the Ukrainian side again, though we are systematically calling on Russia to cease fire. Such messages also come from Berlin and Paris. We see that Kremlin does not issue the correspondent order to its occupational forces and Kremlin-backed militants,” – he noted.

According to Makeev, Ukrainian diplomatic officials get these messages across to their international partners every day, calling them to raise pressure on the Russian Federation.

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"Ukrainian diplomats are trying to get to our international partners the message that the situation, unfortunately, is not getting better and they need to raise pressure on the Russian Federation, because it’s impossible to expect Russia to implement Minsk agreements or any other process if they are not forced to respect the rules,” – Makeev said.

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As it was reported earlier, the General Staff of the Russian Federation gave order to Russian occupational forces on the temporarily occupied territories to completely cease fire from 00:00 of September 15. At the same time Kremlin announced that they have never negotiated on ceasefire regime in Donbas considering that “they are not the party of the conflict”.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics on the occupied territories of Ukraine also declared the unilateral ceasefire from 00:00 of September 15.

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