Statement by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, on Ceasefire Violations in Eastern Ukraine

Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017

Statement by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson

Ceasefire Violations in Eastern Ukraine

The United States is deeply concerned with the recent spike in violence in eastern Ukraine around Avdiivka-Yasynuvata.  Since January 28, the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission has reported a dramatic increase in fighting, including with heavy artillery and other weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements.  The fighting has caused dozens of Ukrainian military casualties and 10 civilian casualties.  It has also left 17,000 civilians, including 2,500 children, without water, heat, or electricity. To avert a larger humanitarian crisis, we call for an immediate, sustained ceasefire and full and unfettered access for OSCE monitors.  We also reaffirm U.S. support for full implementation of the Minsk agreements.