U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden condemns the violation of the ceasefire on the part of the Donbas' "separatists acting in concert with Russian forces", Joinfo.ua reports.
In a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, he said that if Moscow "continued to violate the Minsk agreements, including the most recent agreement signed on February 12, the costs to Russia would rise," Biden said.
Violation of the Minsk agreements by the militants is officially confirmed by the OSCE observers. Yesterday, after numerous attacks the separatists entered Debaltseve, a strategically important point in the Donbas.
"The vice-president also strongly condemned Russia and the separatists for blocking access to Debaltseve by OSCE monitors, which is allowing the separatists to continue their attacks without inhibition," the White House said.
It should be recalled that in the telephone conversation Petro Poroshenko urged Joe Biden to implement previous statements on granting Ukraine additional funds to strengthen its defense capabilities.