The United States authorities have expressed deep concern at the deteriorating situation in the zone of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to the statement of the US State Department.
“The United States is deeply concerned with the recent spike in violence in eastern Ukraine around Avdiivka-Yasynuvata. Since January 28, the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission has reported a dramatic increase in fighting, including with heavy artillery and other weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements,” stated the American foreign policy department.
In addition, the State Department noted that the resumed fighting has caused dozens of Ukrainian military casualties and 10 civilian casualties. It has also left 17,000 civilians, including 2,500 children, without water, heat, or electricity.
“To avert a larger humanitarian crisis, we call for an immediate, sustained ceasefire and full and unfettered access for OSCE monitors. We also reaffirm U.S. support for full implementation of the Minsk agreements,” reads the statement of the Department.
Yesterday, January 31, at an emergency meeting of the OSCE on the situation in Avdiivka, Russia was urged to respect the ceasefire and to fulfill Minsk Agreement.