Cease-fire Violations in Ukraine

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 16, 2015
Soldier Carries Water Near the Road Between Debaltseve and Artemivsk in Ukraine

The United States is gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in and around Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. In a statement, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said:

"...The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission confirms that attacks continue in this area as well as other locations, including Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk, and Donetsk city. The Government of Ukraine reports that its forces have been fired on 129 times in the last 24 hours by Russia-backed separatists, killing 5 and wounding 25, including attacks on a convoy evacuating the wounded from Debaltseve. The separatists have publicly declared that they refuse to observe the cease-fire in Debaltseve, and OSCE monitors have not been provided security guarantees for access. These aggressive actions and statements by the Russia-backed separatists threaten the most recent cease-fire and jeopardize the planned withdrawal of heavy weapons, as called for in the February 12 Minsk packet of implementing measures. We are closely monitoring reports of a new column of Russian military equipment moving toward Debaltseve.

"We call on Russia and the separatists it backs to halt all attacks immediately, engage with the OSCE to facilitate the cease-fire, and, as called for in the packet of measures agreed to on February 12, fully implement their September 5 and 19 Minsk commitments."

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt will discuss the situation with CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead." Check local listings to watch the interview. Go to U.S. Embassy Kyiv's website and follow @GeoffPyatt on Twitter for information on the latest developments in Ukraine.

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Leslie C.
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North Carolina, USA
February 16, 2015
Putin has a history of ignoring agreements that he makes. It's obvious he can't be trusted. He might have agreed to a cease fire in hopes of getting Ukraine in a weaker position. If one looks closely at his picture at the time of the last agreement, it is noticeable that he wasn't making eye contact with the camera. This is usually a sign of deceit.
Sutharsan Y.
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India
February 17, 2015
Hey America ! First you stop all American-Proxy violations all around world.
Dan R.
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United States
February 17, 2015
Oh Leslie, you are such a psychologist! Thanks darling. Maybe you tell us more about chewing Obama sign. Is he the guy to be trusted? Thank you!
Ellen P.
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United States
February 17, 2015
Obama will be remembered by historians as the man who revived the Cold War, by attempting to "regime change" every nation that was not under direct Anglo-American control. Unless, of course, he manages to take things all the way to nuclear war, in which case there will be no one left to remember him at all.
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
February 17, 2015
This reminds me of when Russia went in too Afghanistan , it was the stupidest thing they ever did, because the war would have no end . It will just waste peoples lives fighting to a stalemate. Where no one wins, and everyone loses Loved Ones.

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