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Western irritation grows as Kiev further violates Ukraine ceasefire — Russian UN envoy

June 05, 2015, 18:59 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
"I’ve noticed that some irritation exists in certain circles, even in Western countries that have to support Kiev no matter what it does," Vitaly Churkin said
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UNITED NATIONS, June 5. /TASS/. Russia's ambassador to the United Nations on Friday said there was "growing irritation" with Kiev among Western leaders for its repeated failure to fully implement ceasefire agreements signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February.

Vitaly Churkin said ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in Ukraine: "The Security Council has convened to call for full implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk. In my statement, I will explain in details how Kiev violates political and military aspects of the Minsk agreements".

Churkin stressed that he was "under no illusion" that the Security Council would manage to issue a joint statement after the discussions.

"But I’ve noticed that some irritation exists in certain circles, even in Western countries that have to support Kiev no matter what it does. There is irritation with non-compliance with the Minsk agreements," he added.

Agreement to end conflict in east Ukraine was reached following marathon talks in the Belarusian capital between leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France on February 12.

Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande announced after more than 16 hours of discussions that a ceasefire between Ukraine’s government forces and people’s militia would begin on February 15.

This was to be followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement by at least 15 kilometres (9 miles), prisoner release and agreement for international observers to monitor the truce.

Based on September’s stillborn Minsk peace agreement, the deal also laid out a road map for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give the war-torn eastern regions more autonomy.

The ceasefire has been repeatedly violated.

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