USA to the OSCE: the Risk of escalation of hostilities in the Donbass remains high

the press service of the OSCE

The risk of escalation of hostilities in the Donbass remains high because of the constant provocations from the Russian side and availability directly on the demarcation line of hundreds of pieces of prohibited agreements weapons. This was stated on Thursday during a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna chargé d’affaires to the OSCE Kate Byrnes, reports UKRINFORM.

“We are deeply concerned about the presence of Russian weapons and personnel in areas held by separatists,” said the American representative.

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She recalled that the OSCE SMM in the weekly report of 8 February reported the presence of 170 firearms, placed near the demarcation line in violation of the agreement. “The close proximity of many heavy weapons retains the risk of escalation dangerously high,” she said .

Referring to a previous statement of the EU, the US representative stressed that the Russians “Dodge, distort the facts and impeding efforts to resolve the conflict.” Unfortunately, she said, Ukrainian forces will also be difficult to take your weapon in that time, the joint Russian-separatist forces continue to advance and create new positions in areas Sokolniki and Luhansk page.

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“Fighting in one area can quickly ignite clashes in other places along the line of contact,” said the American diplomat. She stressed that both sides should meet its obligations to withdraw troops from areas of demarcation and cease-fire.

The representative of the United States called “extremely necessary” to restore a full and sustainable ceasefire to protect the civilian population and critical infrastructure.

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