Russian Terrorist Forces Carry Out Deliberate Campaign to Derail Minsk Agreements
In recent days security situation along the contact line in eastern Ukraine has a strong tendency for deterioration.
During the period of 1-11 November 2015 Russian-backed terrorists carried out over 240 shellings along the contact line, including with 82 mm and 120 mm mortars which are to be withdrawn according to the Minsk agreements.
The OSCE SMM reports have also confirmed aggravations.
High concentration of heavy weapons has been registered in the immediate vicinity of the contact line on the territory temporarily not controlled by Ukraine, including artillery, tanks, deployment of new artillery units, increased subversive and reconnaissance activity, ammunition supplies etc. Hiding heavy military equipment continues in prohibited areas in violation of the Minsk agreements.
At the same time, a number of invasions into Ukraine’s airspace by reconnaissance drones were recorded. Unusual military activities of the Russian armed forces in the border regions of Ukraine were observed, including military exercises involving aviation, military and other special equipment in the Rostov and Kursk regions of the Russian Federation.
Ukraine considers the abovementioned actions as a deliberate attempt to disrupt not only the process of withdrawal of 100- mm caliber heavy weapons, which has been recently successfully completed by Ukraine, but also the implementation of other provisions of the Minsk agreements, including important social-economic and humanitarian projects.
As the cold weather approaches, the militants put into jeopardy the implementation of repair works at the sites of critical economic infrastructure.
Ukraine expects the OSCE SMM to immediately carry out a thorough investigation of the violations of the Minsk agreements and give them an objective assessment.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in its statement has underscored that Ukraine continues to adhere to the unwavering position that implementing security provisions by the Russian Federation and the illegal armed groups it supports is the key precondition for the proper implementation of the Minsk agreements: namely, halting supplies of weapons, military equipment and mercenaries by Moscow; ensuring full and unhindered access of the OSCE SMM observers to all areas, including temporarily uncontrolled parts of Ukraine-Russia state border; withdrawal of weapons, troops and mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine; disarmament of the illegal armed groups.
Deteriorating security situation, precisely after the ministerial meeting in Berlin on November 6, where "Normandy" Foreign Ministers confirmed the need for speedy creation of a favorable security environment and agreed upon key elements of a political settlement, forces to state that the Russian side is keen to derail peace process and to deprive Donetsk and Lugansk regions of hope to restore security and stability.