Ukraine fighting has the United States “gravely concerned” regarding talks of a ceasefire. The battles consuming eastern Ukraine have flared up following a ceasefire agreement late last week. The 24-hour ceasefire began Sunday and has since been breached in the city of Debaltseve. United States officials said they are closely monitoring recent reports of new support efforts that have been undertaken to provide additional Russian military equipment in the region.
The U.S. State Department released a prepared statement today which stated the aggressive actions and rhetoric from Russia-backed separatists threaten the peacetime the ceasefire allows. Furthermore, the State Department denounced the encroaching Russian military forces that could intimidate additional efforts for peace in the region. They called on Russia and the Russian-backed separatists to stop all attacks immediately.
Currently, Russia denies all claims they are directly involved in the fighting in Ukraine. Though, the sheer amount of heavy weapons of Russian origin being used by the rebels suggest ulterior motives.
By: Alex Lemieux
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