We once again express deep concern over the continuing spike
in hostile activities of the Russian-terrorist forces in Ukraine’s Donbas.
Since January 28, the Russian occupation forces have been
carrying out massive attacks across the contact line killing Ukrainian soldiers
and civil citizens with all available weapons, including MLRS "Grad",
artillery of 152 mm and 122 mm, mortars of 120 and 82 mm, tanks, all prohibited
by the Minsk agreements, and small arms.
Civilians, including children, continue to suffer because of
the shelling of the residential areas. The cities of Yasinovata
and Avdiyivka remain fully cut off from electricity
by shelling. More than 400,000 civilians in the region have no access to water,
electricity and heating. Given harsh weather conditions (air temperature at
around minus 20 degrees Celsius) and the continuing shelling by the militants,
the situation in the area is a real humanitarian catastrophe.
Besides, taking into consideration the negative impact of this
situation on the Avdiyivka by-product coke plant, the
criminal actions of the Russian-terrorist forces can cause an ecological
The Government of Ukraine takes measures directed at
minimizing negative impacts of the Russia’s aggressive actions: more than 12
thousand people are being evacuated to the nearest towns; fire safety of the Avdiyivka by-product coke plant is being protected.
The continuing escalation of violence in Donbas is a clear
sign of Russia’s obvious disregard for international law and its commitments
under the Minsk agreements.
We once again demand from the Russian Federation to cease
hostilities immediately and to comply strictly with the Minsk agreements.
We request our international partners to support Ukraine
against the dangerous escalation initiated by Moscow in Donbas.