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Increased fighting in Donbas threatens Minsk agreements - Dolgov

June 04, 2015, 22:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"It’s too early to say that the Minsk agreements have been disrupted. It is not so. But it is absolutely true that they are coming under constant pressure from the ‘party of war’ in Kiev," he said
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MOSCOW, June 4 /TASS/. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry Ombudsman for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, has described the intensification of military hostilities in eastern Ukraine as a threat to disrupt the Minsk agreements.

"It’s too early to say that the Minsk agreements have been disrupted. It is not so. But it is absolutely true that they are coming under constant pressure from the ‘party of war’ in Kiev," the diplomat said in an interview aired by the Russian News Service radio station on Thursday.

"The Ukrainian army and voluntary battalions, which are formed out of nationalists and neo-Nazis, have been systematically violating the ceasefire regime for several months provoking the situation and are responsible for the majority of civilian casualties," Dolgov emphasized.

Commenting on decision of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada to allow foreign armed forces to enter Ukraine to maintain peace and security, the diplomat said: "Ukraine does not need foreign troops in its territory. Ukraine needs peace, which can be reached exclusively by full implementation of all the provisions of the Minsk agreements," the Russian diplomat said.

"So long as guns are firing, it will be extremely hard to talk about progress on other directions," the Russian ombudsman concluded.

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