European Commission Speaker Maja Kocijančič stated this, an Ukrinform correspondent reported from Brussels.
"The humanitarian and security situation in the east of Ukraine has significantly deteriorated, and the largest number of ceasefire violations has been recorded since February 2017," the EU said.
The ceasefire must be observed, and the OSCE monitors must have access to the entire territory defined by the mandate of their responsibility, the statement reads.
"We expect that, in particular, Russia should immediately exert its influence on separatists in this regard," the statement said.
The European Union noted that Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) had serious negative consequences for the stabilization of the situation on the collision line.
"The European Union continues to support the diplomatic efforts to implement the Minsk agreements on the principles of permanent solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and respect for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," the EU assured.