Russia has refused to respond to the requests of Ukraine and the OSCE on shelling in the Donbass. This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Poroshenko said that the artillery system of militants established in the residential quarters of Donetsk and Yasinovataya Ukrainian military could not open fire in response. “It’s barbaric practices of the fire,” he said.

“We immediately involved the OSCE, immediately informed. Emphasize that the Russian side refused to respond to our queries and requests of the OSCE,” – said the President.

“We are confident that today we need a common decisive action in order to motivate the Russian side to be at the negotiating table, to motivate them to implement in full the Minsk agreement, first and foremost security feature to stop the killing, including, and civilians in the Donbass,” said Poroshenko.

Yesterday, in the area of Avdeyevka industrial area, the militants went on the offensive. The fighting lasted continuously for 19 hours. According to preliminary information, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 14 were injured. Today the militants continue to fire position Ukrainian military and residential areas of the city.

Avdeevka is already the third day intensively shelled by militants with heavy artillery. Wounded two local residents, damaged 6 houses.

RF ignores the call for the OSCE and Ukraine to cease fire, Poroshenko 30.01.2017

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