Churkin accused Kiev in the desire to abandon the Minsk agreement

Vitaly Churkin

Use the Kiev authorities instigated by their clashes in the town as a reason for complete rejection of the implementation of the Minsk agreements. About it as transfers TASS, said Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin at the security Council meeting of the world organization.

Churkin drew attention to the data from the cameras, which indicate that the clashes were preceded by the shots fired from positions of Ukrainian law enforcers. He also cited the statements of the Ukrainian military commanders, who boasted the movement of troops, and the conclusions of the OSCE that the escalation of the conflict was provoked by Kiev’s security forces.

The diplomat called it is natural that any serious aggravation of the situation in the Donbass coincides with the travel abroad of the Ukrainian leadership, which is trying to extract money from the EU, USA and international institutions. According to Churkin, instead of efforts to normalize the situation in the Donbass and “the search for reasonable compromises in the “channel format” in the framework of the Contact group with the Ukrainian authorities and a persistence worthy of a better cause, trying to achieve a military solution to the conflict.”

In turn, the head of the Special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan, speaking at the security Council meeting, said that the observers record the increased number of armed clashes in the area of settlements Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya.

“Violations of the ceasefire have become more frequent, and more violent clashes,” said he, adding that the fights are used and jet systems of volley fire. Also, according to him, in a combat zone was recorded tanks. Apakan stated that the escalation of the conflict “led to the deaths of civilians and widespread damage to homes and infrastructure.”

In recent days, in the district of Donetsk marked the intensification of the conflict. Battles, in particular, turned near Avdeevka, they were the most violent since August 2015, when Kiev security forces conducted massive shelling of the city. The self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic, as reported by DAN, reported two dead and 13 wounded. Controlled by the Kiev authorities, in turn, also said two of the victims.