Russia must immediately stop fueling conflict in Donbas – EU

Russia must immediately stop fueling conflict in Donbas – EU

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The EU has welcomed the disengagement of forces and hardware in Petrivske, which, along with other recent steps towards the implementation of the Minsk agreements, should lead to further discussion of the end of the conflict in Donbas in the framework of the TCG and in the "Normandy format".

The EU Delegation said this in the statement on Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on November 14, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"We welcome the process of disengagement and withdrawal of troops and hardware in Petrivske. We once again urge the sides to respect the ceasefire, in particular around critical civilian infrastructure, and increase their efforts to build up on the positive dynamics of the negotiations conducted within the Normandy Format and the Trilateral Contact Group in order to foster further progress on the implementation of the Minsk agreements," the statement says.

The EU remains firm in its call on all sides to swiftly and fully implement the Minsk agreements and honour their commitments in full in order to achieve a sustainable political solution to the conflict in line with OSCE principles and commitments.

"We call on Russia to fully assume its responsibility in this regard and to use its considerable influence over the armed formations it backs to meet the Minsk commitments in full. Respect for these principles and commitments must be restored. We again call on Russia to immediately stop fuelling the conflict by providing financial and military support to the armed formations, and we remain deeply concerned about the presence of Russian military equipment and personnel in areas held by Russia-backed armed formations," the EU once again stated.

The EU recalls its unwavering support to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and independence of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, and calls upon Russia to do likewise.

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