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Ambassador Viktor Nikitiuk: Russia explicitly disrupts Minsk peace process
04 June 2015 14:35

Avesta.Tj | 04.06.2015 |Russian terrorist forces made another try of massive attack. On June 3, 2015 Russia-backed terrorists heavily shelled Ukraine’s regular forces using artillery systems prohibited by the Minsk agreements. They also tried to attack Ukraine’s positions using tanks, IFV as well as artillery systems of 122 mm and 152 mm cal.

On the same day, the Ukrainian side formally informed the representatives of OSCE SMM about the most recent conflict escalation initiated by the terrorists and in the SMM observers’ presence officially demanded from the representatives of the Russian Federation’s armed forces in the JCCC to stop the attack of the illegal armed formations.

Massive Russian assault on June 3, 2015 resulted in five Ukrainian military killed (four of them were killed in Maryinka) and 38 military wounded. Russia-backed terrorists used MLRS Grad (11 times), bombardment artillery (18 times), mortars (28 times) as well as tanks to severely shell Ukraine’s ATO Forces.

It was the first large scale assault by Russia and Russia-backed terrorists since the attack in Debaltseve last February. Russia must bear full responsibility for violation of Minsk Agreements.

The most recent conflict escalation in Donbas has occurred amid Russia’s attempts to disrupt the day before in Minsk the consultations within the Trilateral Contact Group;

Ukraine has been persistently trying to use all possible political leverages to deter escalations strictly following the Minsk Agreements, but nevertheless on June 3 Russia left no choice;

Due to its effective efforts, Ukraine avoided new wave of conflict escalation in Donbas as well as discouraged Kremlin’s attempts to disrupt the Minsk Agreements by accusing the Ukrainian side;

The most recent crimes of Russia and Russia-backed terrorists in Donbas require immediate verification by the SMM OSCE of the withdrawal by the Russian-terrorist forces of all their heavy weapons in accordance to the Minsk Agreements, an unimpeded access of the SMM observers to all terrorist-controlled territories as well as SMM and MM OSCE monitoring along the hole line of Ukraine’s state border with the Russian Federation;

Finally, it has become clear that Russia made confrontation, conflict escalation as well as disruption of the Minsk Agreements its constant policy. Our common task is to prevent Russia from its further destructive actions in this direction. We have to use all possible political and diplomatic leverages in this regard.

It’s time to stop talking on extending or not extending sanctions against the Russian Federation. Further non-compliance with Minsk Agreements will trigger new sanctions against Russia.

 

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