russia failed to implement single commitment under Minsk agreements – US

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russia has not yet implemented any of its commitments under the Minsk agreements, Ambassador Michael Carpenter, US Permanent Representative to the OSCE, said in a statement.

“russia has yet to fully implement a single commitment under the Minsk Package of Measures. It has not implemented an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, it has not withdrawn heavy weapons, and it has not allowed access for effective monitoring and verification of these steps. Most importantly, it has not disarmed illegal armed groups and has not returned control of the Ukrainian side of the international border to Ukraine,” Carpenter said.

He recalled that the 2014 Minsk Protocol called for an immediate ceasefire, monitoring and verification of the ceasefire by the OSCE, and the withdrawal from the territory of Ukraine of unlawful military formations and military hardware, as well as of militants and mercenaries. However, “the ink on that agreement had barely dried when russia continued to escalate militarily, contrary to its commitments,” Carpenter said.

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