The leaders of the G7 say the fresh cease-fire agreement for eastern Ukraine offers a peaceful resolution to the crisis and threatened to take action if it is violated.
In a joint statement issued on February 13 by the French presidency, the G7 leaders -- from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- said they remained concerned about the situation in eastern Ukraine and in particular about fighting around the town of Debaltseve ahead of the February 15 cease-fire.
"All parties should refrain from actions in the coming days that would hinder the start of the cease-fire," the statement said. The G7 stands ready to adopt appropriate measures against those who violate the 'Minsk' package ... in particular against those who do not observe the agreed comprehensive ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons".
The group is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US - as well as representatives of the EU. Russia, which denies the West's claims it supplies the separatists with troops and weapons, was kicked out of the then-G8 after its annexation of Crimea.
Prosecutor of ATO forces charged with illicit enrichment
Crimea-SOS announces rally in support of kidnapped in Crimea
Scary and amazing, leading to the world of the unconscious: exhibition of masks
Italy hinders introduction of new sanctions against Russia
Incidence of tuberculosis in Crimea is higher than in Russia
Umerov received 2 examination results from FSB
Putin feared to see NATO ships in Sevastopol
Russia refused to return control of Debaltsevo to Ukraine
Ships of Russian Navy are heading to Scotland
Collection of unique documents on Crimea presented in Kiev
Anti-terrorist exercises launched in Krasnogvardeiskoe
Sanctions against RF for annexation of Crimea may increase
What threatens Sevastopol with new public vehicles on routes
Poroshenko reminds Putin about Ukrainian hostages
Kiev bridges across the Dnipro
Coach Myron Markevich came under fire in Maryinka
AGROPORT starts its work in Kharkiv
Family of human rights defender Emir Usein Kuku persecuted
Yesterday, RF violated Ukrainian airspace 40 times
"Crimean Word" - a source of truth in occupied Crimea
ISIL leaders are leaving Mosul
Another searches conducted in Bakhchysarai
Rested abroad - pay tax!
Ilmi Umerov was summoned to FSB for questioning
Cabinet plans to reduce price of medicines