yYAXssKCQaUWZcXZ79RJTBLvo-c;SfREtjZ9NYeQnnVMC-CsZ9qN6L0 Finance, Economics, Globus, Brokers, Banks, Collateral-Oriano Mattei: The United States has called on Russia to "immediately" observe a cease-fire deal in eastern Ukraine -- saying that a combined force from Russia’s military and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine had been targeting international monitors....

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domenica 26 febbraio 2017

The United States has called on Russia to "immediately" observe a cease-fire deal in eastern Ukraine -- saying that a combined force from Russia’s military and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine had been targeting international monitors....

OSCE observers in the Donetsk region (file photo)
OSCE observers in the Donetsk region (file photo)


The United States has called on Russia to "immediately" observe a cease-fire deal in eastern Ukraine -- saying that a combined force from Russia’s military and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine had been targeting international monitors.
In a February 26 statement, the U.S. State Department called on "Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the cease-fire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access" to the region for monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Washington's call came a day after the OSCE monitoring mission said armed men in separatist-controlled territory to the north of Donetsk had seized one of the unarmed drones that the monitors use to assess cease-fire violations.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine -- including, in his words, the "targeting of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission monitors and the seizure of a Special Monitoring Mission unmanned aerial vehicle by combined-Russian separatist forces."
It also came a day after Ukrainian government forces says 16 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded within the previous 24 hours by renewed fighting against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine -- despite the fresh truce that was meant to come into effect on February 20.
The truce deal announced by Russia and Ukraine was meant to stem a conflict that has raged for nearly three years and has claimed nearly 10,000 lives.
Both Kyiv and the Russia-backed separatists accuse each other of violating the cease-fire deal.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and TASS

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