“We are concerned about the escalation of violence from the side of the Russia-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine. It disrupts the Minsk Agreements and efforts on peace settlement of the conflict. NATO fully supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” Lungescu said.
Besides, she noted that NATO still urges Russia to withdraw its forces and assume real forces on the fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements.
On February 18, about 5:00 a.m. the militants started the attacks of Ukrainian strongholds in Donbas near Zolote, Novotoshkivske, Orikhove, and Krymske.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the February 18 attacks an attempt to thwart the peace process in Donbas and declared his intention to respond decisively to such aggression.
The Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine started a criminal investigation due to the fact that Russian mercenaries landed attacks on Ukrainian military emplacements in Donbas.