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 "We are ready for peaceful settlement of Donbas conflict" - ATO speaker

The possibility of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where the anti-terrorist operation is under way, depends on the behavior of the illegal armed groups.

This was stated by the ATO speaker Andrii Lysenko, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"We have been ready for peaceful solution since the signing of the Minsk Agreement. The initiatives to impose a cease-fire refer to the militants who violate it on a regular basis," he said.

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Director of the Department of Policy and Communications of the Foreign Ministry Oleksii Makeiev wrote on his Twitter that Ukraine supported the call by the OSCE for an immediate cease-fire around Debaltseve.

"We expect the Russia's support and its influence on the militants," he wrote.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said on Wednesday that the increase in violence in the east of Ukraine needs to be stopped and the artillery should be withdrawn from residential areas.

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According to her, the fighting triggered by the prolonged offensive of the separatists, especially around Debaltseve lead to great human suffering and undermine all efforts for a political solution.

Mogherini also supported the call by the OSCE chairmanship to all parties to the conflict in the region of Debaltseve to announce temporary truce for at least three days.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n323206