Reaffirming its “support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” in a joint statement, diplomats from both countries said they were “concerned about the growing number of violations of the ceasefire”, despite the “situation in eastern Ukraine has stabilized since July 2020”, and asked “the parties to show restraint and proceed to an immediate de-escalation”.
Berlin and Paris asked “the parties to show restraint and proceed to an immediate de-escalation”, saying that they follow “with great vigilance the situation, in particular the movements of Russian forces”.
In recent days, Ukrainian and American authorities have expressed their concern about the mobilization of thousands of soldiers and material on the border between Russia and Ukraine.
American President Joe Biden promised Kiev his “unbreakable” support for “Russia’s aggression”, considered a military partner of the separatists, which Moscow denies.
The Russian army also announced on Friday military maneuvers aimed at simulating a defense against a drone attack in a region close to Ukraine.
After the truce in the second half of 2020, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has since January seen several armed clashes that have killed 20 Ukrainian soldiers. The two sides accuse each other of the escalation.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, generating criticism from the international community – Photo: AFP
The war in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea and, according to the UN, claimed more than 13,000 lives.
Despite the peace agreements signed in 2015 in Minsk and several meetings between Russian and Ukrainian leaders, sponsored by Germany and France, the conflict is stagnating.
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