The aggressor state Russia planned fighting intensifies in Eastern Ukraine ahead of a new round of negotiations on the settlement of the armed conflict in Donbas to strengthen their negotiating position and extract concessions. About this at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, said US Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baier, writes UKRINFORM.

“Russia has heightened tensions on the contact line in an attempt to wrest by force concessions from the Ukrainian side”, – he said.

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According to the U.S. representative to the organization of combat actions further complicate the achievement of political progress under the Minsk agreements.

“If Russia really wants to reach agreement on modalities of local elections, Amnesty, on the special status, as well as in matters of decentralization, the path for this is very clear: we need to stop attacking Ukrainian forces, to withdraw heavy weapons and to provide full access of the SMM monitors on the entire territory of Ukraine, including in the border region with Russia”, – he said.

Bayer noted that Russian-terrorist troops continue to violate the ceasefire and is responsible directly to the Russian leadership.

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