Russian top diplomat says Trump looks 'more determined to fight terrorism than Obama'Russian Politics & Diplomacy December 09, 14:42
Lavrov calls media speculations about Russia’s attempts to destabilize Germany 'nonsense'Russian Politics & Diplomacy December 09, 14:40
McLaren’s report: Doping cover-up in Russia was unprecedentedSport December 09, 14:23
Nearly 11,000 people leave Aleppo’s areas controlled by militants over past 24 hoursWorld December 09, 14:09
Terrorists in eastern Aleppo surrounded — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 09, 14:04
South Korean president transfers power to prime ministerWorld December 09, 13:56
Russian top diplomat praises OSCE contribution to settlement in UkraineRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 09, 13:44
Peskov says top-notch lawyers hammered out Rosneft’s privatization dealBusiness & Economy December 09, 13:37
Press review: McLaren’s second round of anti-doping crusade and trilateral gas talksPress Review December 09, 13:00
MOSCOW, September 9. /TASS/. Kiev’s ceasefire violations and military buildup on the contact line signal its readiness to switch to an active phase of combat actions at any moment, Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich has said.
"Unfortunately, despite the declared silence regime, sporadic shellings in Donbass are happening more often," Lukashevich said at the OSCE Permanent Council’s meeting in Vienna on Thursday, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Mortar shellings of the Donetsk airport, Yasinovataya, the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, the Trudovskiye village, the Zasyadko coal mine, the Sakhanka village, a suburb of Dokuchayevsk and Kominternovo have been reported. Civilians in Donetsk have been also affected by the sniper fire opened after September 1, he said.
The OSCE special monitoring mission has spotted a concentration of Ukrainian armaments near the withdrawal line, including more than 30 howitzers, multiple rocket launchers and tanks. "All this signals the readiness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to switch to an active phase of combat actions at any moment," he said.
Any provocations need to be prevented when the ceasefire is in force, Lukashevich stressed.
According to the diplomat, Ukraine’s authorities will be able to regain control over a part of border with Russia only after the local elections in Donbass.
"We remind that the process of restoring Kiev’s control over a part of the Ukrainian-Russian border may begin not earlier than local elections are held in Donbass," Lukashevich said at the OSCE Permanent Council’s meeting in Vienna on Thursday, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The diplomat stressed that it is unacceptable to distort the Minsk agreements and put forward additional conditions for the political settlement, which also includes amnesty, the release of detainees and constitutional reform.
Lukashevich called on Ukraine’s parliament to adopt the documents needed for implementing the political points of the Minsk deal. "They should show will and reach an agreement on the whole package of documents with the Donbass representatives as envisaged by the Package of Measures and pass it in the parliament."