"I'd like to get back to the main statement voiced out by my Russian colleague, as he blamed Ukraine, saying Ukraine did not live up to the Minsk agreements complex", Heusgen said.
He reiterated that the first point demands an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire mode; it is supposed to be working since noon of February 15.
"On February 15, Russian forces still actively landed strikes and shelled Debaltseve, which was a strategic point. That is, from the very beginning, Russia did not live up to Minsk agreement. All challenges that Ukrainian government faced next - and then the challenges that the Parliament faced when passing the law [on the implementation of Minsk agreement], all of it emerged because we did not trust Russia, because Russia violated the first provision of Minsk complex of measures. And then, there goes the withdrawal of heavy armament on the equidistant range by both sides. What did we hear today?", the diplomat wondered.
He expressed his condolences due to the attacks of Russian mercenaries on Zolote, which led to casualties among the Ukrainian forces.
The official also mentioned Russia's unwillingness to provide conditions for OSCE's effective monitoring in the war-torn areas and the passport issuance campaign in Donbas.