This was stated in the official statement by the U.S. Department of State, promulgated on Tuesday, February 13.
"Sadly, Russia continues to disregard its commitments under the Minsk agreements, supporting a hot conflict in Ukraine that has cost over 10,000 lives, including more than 2,500 civilians, and has displaced 1.6 million Ukrainians," the document reads.
The Department of State also notes that Russia continues to deny its direct involvement, while Russian-led forces intimidate and deny secure access to unarmed OSCE monitors and suppress the work of independent media and civil society.
"Ukraine has passed legislation - including amnesty for anti-government forces and special status for Donbas - indicating Ukraine's desire to implement the Minsk agreements," the statement says.
In this regard, the U.S. - in cooperation with France and Germany - calls on the Russian government to cease its aggression in Ukraine.
"Our sanctions will remain in place until Russia fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreements. Our separate Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns the peninsula to Ukraine," the Department of State summed up.
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