Ukraine urges tougher Western sanctions against Russia
Ukraine has asked the West to react to the aggravation in Donbas with sanctions against Russia.
"We call on international partners not to fall for deceptive maneuvers of the Russian aggressor that constantly demonstrates impressive mismatches between its rhetoric and real actions. In this light, political pressure on the Russian Federation and implementation of diplomatic and restrictive measures are of a critical importance for the enforcement of Kremlin’s return to the international legal framework," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Ukraine said that the militants did not comply with the recent agreement on a full cease-fire.
"Only on 17 January, militants shelled ATO positions and civilian objects 48 times. On 15 and 16 January - 40 and 36 times respectively. Moreover, except for small arms they also used 82-mm and 120-mm mortars, RPGs, anti-aircraft warfare and APC armament. Deliberate shooting at the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission vehicle on 16 January was a particularly outrageous action," the statement reads.
The nature of the attacks proves their thorough planning, the ministry said.
"Because of Kremlin’s deliberate policy of upholding its “hybrid war” against Ukraine, we are to state that in almost a year after the adoption of the Complex of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements, situation in the East of Ukraine remains to be extremely fragile and far from restoring peace, security and regular life in areas suffering from terrorists," the ministry concluded.
A full cease-fire was agreed at the trilateral contact group meeting in Minsk on 13 January 2016.