Russia should return to its officers to the Joint center for control and coordination of ceasefire and stabilization of the demarcation line (SCCC) to on the eve of New year in the Donbass Pro-Russian rebels did not commit provocative attacks. This writes the head of the press service of the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert with reference to the statement of the head of Department Rex Tillerson.

The day before yesterday, December 26, he and the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone, discussing among other topics, and Ukraine.

“Emphasizing the concerns of the United States because of rising violence in Eastern Ukraine, us Secretary of state demanded that Russia had returned its representatives at the JCCC and lowered the level of violence,” the statement reads.

Topic of the day: Why did the Kremlin withdrew its military from JCCC in the Donbass

18 December 2017, Russia has stated that it withdraws its military from JCCC in the Donbass. The occupant country has also accused Ukraine of “creating serious difficulties in the work of the centre”. The next day the Ukrainian and Russian JCCC officers left the temporarily occupied areas of Donbass.

The negotiator from Ukraine in the Minsk process Yevhen Marchuk said that in this step the Kremlin is pushing Kiev to direct talks with the militants, which is one of the goals of Russian propaganda, according to which in Eastern Ukraine is a “civil war” and is not a proxy aggression of the Russian Federation.

See also: freed Ukrainian hostages in the Donbass: chronicle of events

The DNI and LC – terrorist organizations seized with the support of the Russian part of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. Both organizations created, funded and contain Russia, where, among other things, the terrorists are getting fighters, trainers, and heavy equipment, weapons, ammunition, and fuel.

The state Department urged the Russian military to return to JCCC for “silence” in the Donbass 28.12.2017

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