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U.S. ready to assist in restoring peace in Donbas, but Russia must choose peace, - Volker
21:20, 13 February 2018
U.S. ready to assist in restoring peace in Donbas, but Russia must choose peace, - Volker

U.S. special envoy for Ukraine-related affairs said this commenting on the anniversary of Minsk agreements

21:20, 13 February 2018

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The United States is keen on stopping the military actions in Donbas, but for that to happen, Russia should choose peace. Kurt Volker, U.S. special envoy for Ukraine-related affairs posted that on Twitter.

'Yesterday was the anniversary of the signing of the Minsk Package of Measures - three years later there is still a hot war. The U.S. is ready to help end the fighting, but Russia has to choose peace', he wrote.

Related: Volker on meeting with Surkov: US didn’t propose plan on UN peacekeepers in Donbas

It’s been three years since Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE signed the Minsk agreement, the framework document that aims to solve the Donbas conflict. It was signed back in January 2015 and approved by the Normandy Four member countries – France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia.

Currently, only three out of 13  positions have been fulfilled. OSCE monitors observe the situation across the entire combat area. However, they do not have full access to all sectors held by the militants. The Russian mercenaries have been violating ceasefire regime almost around the clock, and that’s the key condition to solve the conflict, which lasts almost four years now. Besides, there are still many hostages to be released from captivity. Ukraine still does not have full control over the militant-held section of the state border, and Russia does not hurry up to withdraw its troops from Donbas.

Related: Volker: UN mission in Donbas may be deployed from demarcation line

Related: Compensation of losses inflicted by Russia to Ukraine to be discussed after peace restoration, - Volker

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