At least 430 soldiers of Ukrainian forces died due to Russian aggression after the agreement on ceasefire, Minsk-2, signed almost 13 months ago, came into force, informed the deputy to an Assistant Secretary of Defense of the USA Michael Carpenter in an interview to “Holos Ameryky”.
According to Carpenter, currently the USA observe a “considerable” spike in military clashes in eastern Ukraine. “Russia maintains connection and supports separatists in eastern Ukraine”, - Carpenter stated.
Delivering a speech before the Senate Committee on armed services on Tuesday, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe Philip Breedlove pointed out that there are “concerning tendencies” in Donbas. Despite these tendencies and Breedlove’s recommendations, that involve sending defensive weapons to Ukraine, the US President Barack Obama is very reluctant to do so.
“From the very beginning we believed that settlement of Donbas conflict has nothing to do with military measures. This needs to be done with the help of diplomatic and economic measures, which means pressuring the Russian Federation with sanctions”, - Carpenter stated.