US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated the need to withdraw Russian troops from Donbas. Volcker said this in an interview with Russian channel Dozhd.
"We need to clearly understand that there are Russian troops in Donbas, in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where there is military equipment. The problem is that the presence of military equipment there creates a conflict. According to official OSCE reports, most violations of the ceasefire are from Russian side, not all, but most of it.
Russia's interest destabilizes the situation, we need to create conditions for a real cease-fire. I know that the Normandy four are now also discussing this issue and proposing ceasefire regime again. It will be an excellent first step towards resolving the conflict. After all, Russia recognizes that according to the Minsk agreements, these territories should be returned to Ukraine, they must again become part of Ukraine and not be occupied. It is necessary to withdraw Russian troops from there and provide people with security, "Volker said.
According to Volker, only after the withdrawal of troops there will be the opportunity to hold elections.
He noted that for the US government there is no difference between the Donbas and the Crimea, because in both cases it is illegal occupation and annexation.