Ukraine - The situation in the eastern part of the country (4 May 2017)

France is concerned by the recent acceleration of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine.

These violations have reportedly left five people dead, including one civilian, in the past 24 hours.

We call on the parties to abide by the ceasefire and to complete the withdrawal of heavy weaponry, as they had begun to do on several occasions. We reiterate our demand that the parties guarantee the security and free movement of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

The situation in eastern Ukraine can only be stabilized by the full implementation of the Minsk agreement. France and Germany stand ready to continue their efforts in this regard under the Normandy format.

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